Great news about St Denis’ church

A £58,200 grant means more restoration work can be done

St Denis' church, East Hatley, Cambridgeshire, 5th August 2020. The Friends of Friendless Churches has been awarded a government Culture Recovery Fund grant of £58,200 to help with repairs to the interior of the building.

Great news this morning – the Friends of Friendless Churches, which owns St Denis’ in East Hatley (above), has been given a government grant of £58,200 to help with repairs to the interior of the building.

The government's #HereForCulture sticker.


It’s part of £1m the FoFC has been awarded for repairs to 17 of its 50+ churches by the Culture Recovery Fund.

And how nice the announcement was made on 9th October as it’s St Denis’s day!  Had he survived having his head chopped off and just lived and lived, he would be 1,775 years old (give or take a year or two).  Here’s a little bit more about him.

Rachel Morley, the FoFC’s director, e-mailed to say:

I am delighted to tell you that we applied to the government’s Culture Recovery Fund for some works at St Denis’, and have been successful!

We have been awarded £58,200 for repairs to the chancel: plain-glazing the windows in the north and south walls (to match those in the nave) and repairs to the chancel walls – consolidating tiles and plasterwork.

HURRAY! The money needs to be spent by 31 March 2021 though, so we’ve got to get our skates on.

More specific detail of what will be done and when in due course.

Here are links to the FoFC announcement and the government’s own announcement (which, confusingly, only includes a list of under £1m awards, so excludes the FoFC award).

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Post created 9th October 2020.