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Cumbrian church awarded nearly £50,000

A church in Cumbria has been given nearly £50,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help restore its painted ceilings.

St Bridget's Church in Brigham. Credit: Derek Bainbridge

The money will be used to help with the restoration of the William Butterfield painted ceilings of St Bridget's Church in Brigham.

The painted ceilings at the church Credit: Derek Bainbridge

Work is expected to start in September and be completed by November 2013.

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Methodist church re-opens after £120k restoration

Brigham Church, before the restoration Credit: ITV News Border

A Methodist Church in Brigham, west Cumbria, is about to re-open to the public- nine months after it closed for urgent repairs.

Water had damaged some of the church interiors Credit: ITV News Border

Members of the church community raised more than £120,000 through a combination of grants, donations and events.

The money was used to fix the roof, update the heating system and bring the church and adjacent hall up to modern standards and to meet the needs of the village.