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Success! First round of the HLF application has been approved!

hlf-logo-blk-partWe have received initial support* from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for phase 3 of the ongoing restoration project. Made possible by National Lottery players, the project aims to restore walls and windows including the stunning stained glass East window which fronts onto Wellington Road, and repair the steps and entrances of this Grade II listed building. Internally, construction of a clear screen partition will create a comfortable area for both congregation and community, whilst allowing everyone to see the rest of the original Victorian interior as restoration continues. The project is hoped to be complete by August 2019 when new groups and volunteers will be warmly welcomed.

Development funding of £28,100 has been awarded to help us progress our plans to apply for a full grant for next year (total of £246,600) under the very last Grants for Places of Worship stream.

Also included in this project is research into the history of the church and the local people connected to it. Findings will be published in a booklet, an exhibition in church and shared on a new website, so any pictures/memories of Wycliffe Church would be gratefully received – wycliffechurch@outlook.com

Work will soon start on initial surveys etc to inform the works. We’ll keep you posted!


About the Heritage Lottery Fund

* HLF Grants for Places of Worship applications are assessed in two rounds. We have initially been granted round one development funding of £28,100 by the Heritage Lottery Fund, allowing us to progress with plans.  Detailed proposals are then considered by HLF at second round, where a final decision is made on the full funding award of £246,600.

Thanks to National Lottery players, HLF invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk.


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