St. Mary’s Church in Carew has received a confirmed grant of £68,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for external fabric repairs and a new heating installation, it has been announced.
Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the project aims to repair the failing areas of the fabric and structure in order to protect this historic building for future generations.
The project aims to carry out essential repairs mainly to the tower of the 14th church, together with improved rainwater disposal. In addition, the installation of new under-pew heating together with a new church guide and historical interpretation will help ensure a welcoming and comfortable environment for both current and new users from the wider community.
This 14thC Grade 1 listed building is of great historical importance in the county and the project will also include the production of new interpretation boards and guides outlining the heritage of the church and its close past links with the 13thC Carew Castle.
Commenting on the award, priest-in-charge of the Carew Group of Parishes, Rev. Carolyn Wood, said: “We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support. St. Mary’s Church is of great importance in the community, due to its historic close links with Carew Castle. The support from the HLF will mean that link will continue, and also that we can continue to be the spiritual home and place of worship for the local community, preserving all of that heritage for this and future generations.”
Richard Bellamy, head of HLF in Wales, said: “Wales’ historic and diverse places of worship are so often at the heart of our communities. Thanks to National Lottery players HLF funds urgent structural repairs and also improved facilities and visitor information. St. Mary’s Church, Carew, is an excellent example of how HLF can help conserve a much-loved building so it can continue to serve its local community.”