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.
The county's leading nature conservation organisation has been awarded nearly £56,000 to oversee a new nature project.
Sussex Wildlife Trust have been awarded £55,600 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to oversee 'Wild about Worthing' which is an urban nature project.
The two-year project allows Worthing residents a chance to experience the natural world while encouraging local wildlife to thrive in the specially created environment.
Planned activities include a town-wide gardening competition and a Forest School programme offering outdoor learning to pupils.
Key historic sites across our region are to receive part of £47m funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Henry VII's hunting lodge in Kent has be chosen to receive the money as part of a scheme to improve the country's heritage tourism economy.
The medieval palace at Knole will get £7.75m for repairs and conservation, as well as new visitor facilities and opening up previously unseen rooms.
Funding will also safeguard artefacts including fragile furniture from two Royal palaces and the original 17th century Knole settee.
The money from the Heritage Lottery Fund is aimed to promote the country's historic sites, which the Lottery Fund said was already worth £26 billion a year.
Hampshire’s only working windmill is to be restored afterreceiving a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Bursledon windmill has used the £94,000 grant to recruitaround 20 volunteers to run guided tours and support the site for the future.
Stuart McLeod, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South East England, said: “This building is of significance as a result of its unique qualities. Its physical restoration will be augmented by volunteer efforts that will once more creating a living, working example of the county’s heritage.”
Rochester Cathedral is to receive £3.5m from the Lottery for a mammoth revamp of its facilities. David Johns reports, talking to Mark Beach, Dean of the Cathedral, and Stuart McLeod from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Rochester Cathedral has been awarded more than £3.5million by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The money will go towards creating and running exhibitions and workshops in the crypt and library.
The cash boost will also mean that people will have access to parts of the Cathedral that they have not seen before. David Johns reports.
Interviewees: Mark Beach the Dean of Rochester, and Stuart McLeod from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Hastings Pier could be restored soon after an £11.4m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The pier was almost destroyed in a blaze in October 2010. Images of how the new structure would look have been released.
Lottery officials are visiting Hastings Pier today, after it was badly damaged by a major fire in 2010. The fact finding visit will help the Heritage Lottery Fund decide later this month whether to approve an £11m bid from the Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust to rebuild the structure.
Peter Chowney, from Hastings Borough Council, said: “We have seen some very welcome investment in Hastings over recent years, and there is a real positive feel about our future. Our seafront is a key part of that – it’s our shop window, it’s what investors see in our town."