THE congregation at St Mary’s is celebrating after the Petworth church was awarded more than £77,000 by the government.
In an announcement by chancellor George Osborne, St Mary’s was one of the churches and cathedrals across the UK to receive government funding, which aims to maintain it for generations to come.
The windfall comes at a great time for Petworth Area Churches Together (PACT).
PACT co-chairman Gerald Gresham-Cooke said: “We are delighted to hear St Mary’s Church has received a grant of £77,200 to repair roofs, stonework and guttering.
“This is marvellous news.
“PACT continues to be very busy with a successful Palm Sunday procession in Petworth, albeit curtailed by the weather and needing to be held in Sacred Heart Church.”
We are delighted to hear St Mary’s Church has received a grant of £77,200 to repair roofs, stonework and guttering. This is marvellous news.
Hundreds of places of worship, including St Mary’s, will now be made weather-tight, safe and open for use.
Some 502 churches will receive between £10,000 to £100,000 to meet the costs of urgent repairs to roofs, stonework and rainwater disposal systems.
The fund is administered by the National Heritage Memorial Fund on behalf of the department for culture media and sport.
Gerald added: “Michele Guinness will speak on Friday, May 15, at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church.
“Michele is a Jewish convert, married an Anglican vicar, Peter, who is a great, great-grandson of Arthur Guinness the brewer.
“She has written numerous books including The Heavenly Party: Recover the Fun.
“She is an amusing and inspiring speaker. Peter will come with her.”
Entry to the event is free and includes refreshments and cans of Guinness.
For details email Geraldgreshamcooke@gmail.com or ring 01798 342151.