PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NATIONAL CHURCHES TRUST
DATE 11 December 2019
South East, Hampshire
St Peter-in-the-Wood church, Appleshaw, Andover SP11 9BE
Church of England – Diocese of Winchester
St Peter-in-the-Wood’s church, Appleshaw
A much-loved Hampshire church is to share in a £520,000 funding payout from the National Churches Trust.
Broadcaster and journalist Huw Edwards, Vice President of The National Churches Trust, said:
A £10,000 National Churches Trust Cornerstone Grant will help fund repairs to rainwater goods, and the installation of a toilet and servery at the Grade II listed St Peter-in-the-Wood church, Appleshaw, helping make the church a community hub.
“The UK’s historic churches and chapels are a vital part of our national heritage. But to survive, many need to carry out urgent repairs and install modern facilities. The cost of this work is far beyond what most congregations can pay for themselves.”
“I’m delighted that the St Peter-in-the-Wood church, Appleshaw, is being helped with a £10,000 National Churches Trust Cornerstone Grant. The work on the rainwater goods, and the installation of a toilet and servery will help secure the future of this historic building and ensure it can continue to serve the local community.”
63 churches and chapels in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will benefit from the latest grants from the National Churches Trust, the charity supporting church buildings of all Christian denominations across the UK.
In 2019, the Trust distributed over £1.2 million to help churches and chapels tackle urgent repairs, maintenance work and install modern facilities such as kitchens and toilets.
A wide range of grants from the National Churches Trust will be available to help places of worship in 2020 and full details can be found at www.nationalchurchestrust.org/grants
There has been a church at Appleshaw since the 12th century. Inside, it has wall monuments dating from the 18th century and a Royal Coat of Arms of William IV of 1831. The church features a Victorian octagonal font.
In the tower St Peter-in-the-Wood’s church has a Sanctus bell of the 12th – 13th Century, making it one, if not the oldest, in the Winchester Diocese.
The project will focus on repairs to rainwater goods, stonework, windows, the installation of a toilet and servery and repairs of vestry.
Mary Lee and Toby Gunter, church wardens at St Peter-in-the-Wood’s said:
“This is just the boost Appleshaw needs to its fundraising appeal which, put quite simply, aims to preserve our church for the future. Without support from bodies such as The National Churches Trust, the very centres of life in many villages up and down the country would be in jeopardy. We are thrilled with this incredibly generous contribution to our project – we hope to be starting the building works in the spring of 2020.”
About the National Churches Trust
The National Churches Trust is the leading national independent charity concerned with the protection and welfare of churches, chapels and meeting houses throughout the United Kingdom. We aim to:
a) Provide grants for the repair, maintenance and modernisation of church buildings
b) Act as a catalyst to improve and bring more resources to the management of church buildings
c) Promote the value of church buildings to the community at large
For more information visit www.nationalchurchestrust.org