The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced £1.2m of Lottery funding to help secure the future of 12 of the South East's most historic places of worship.
The money will help congregations address a back log of urgent repairs to listed churches and chapels at risk.
The affected churches include: St Michael in Lewes,Sussex, St and St Paul in Upper Stoke,Kent, the Church of St Paul, Shanklin on the Isle of Wight and St Mary's in Headley near Epsom, Surrey.
St Mary the Virgin in Stone-next-Dartford, Kent is amongst the first of 35 churches across the UK to be awarded a grant through the Heritage Lottery Fund's new 'Grants for Places of Worship' programme.
– Stuart McLeod, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund in South East
There is a place of worship in almost every ward ward, village and town across the South East of England, providing a very powerful visual connection with our past."