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Lottery funding to help maintain historic churches

Church maintenance will save on future repair costs Photo: Granada Reports

The Diocese of Carlisle is supporting a three year project, launched to help maintain Cumbria's historic churches.

The 'Maintenance Cooperatives Project' will be run by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The aim is to create a network of volunteers across the county to allow people to develop skills in the repair and upkeep of their places of worship.

"We hope this project will be a real help to all the volunteers who look after Cumbria's historic places of worship by providing training, support and skill sharing opportunities. The project is open to faith buildings of all denominations and indeed all ages.

Regular maintenance is vital for all properties, regardless of age, scale or purpose and this project aims to encourage and support people already involved, and hopefully to get more people involved with looking after churches and places of worship at the heart of many communities.

Research shows that every one pound spent carrying out preventative maintenance could save twenty pounds in avoidable repairs within five years."

– Sue Manson, the Cumbrian Project Officer for SPAB