£40,000 grant brings hope to valley church

Repairs costing more than £40,000 are set to be carried out at St Barnabas Church in Bradwell with funding from English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The church in the Hope Valley is one of seven Grade Two-listed places of worship in the East Midlands region to benefit from a total of 403,000 in funding from the Repair Grants for Places of Worship scheme.

The head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in the East Midlands, Emma Sayer, said: "Churches are often at the heart of the communities they serve and an important hub for local activities. "Without continued investment for essential maintenance and repair work, precious buildings like this wouldn't survive."

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Nationwide, a total of 222 historic places of worship have now been offered 22.7m to carry out repairs.

Listed places of worship in England of all denominations are eligible to apply for a grant under the scheme. Priority is given to single repair projects costing less than 250,000.

Regional director of English Heritage Dr Anthony Streeten said: "We are delighted that through the repair grants scheme, English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund have been able to support these vital repair works."