A HISTORIC Powick church is among five across the Diocese of Worcester to have been awarded money from the Culture Recovery Fund to help fund repairs during the coronavirus pandemic.
All those receiving funding are grade I or II listed and the money will help with urgent repairs.
St Peter’s Church in Powick together with St Stephen’s Church in Redditch, St George’s Church in Kidderminster, St Peter’s Church in Astley and St Peter’s Church in Rous Lench all received a lifeline from the Government.
St Peter’s Church in Powick was awarded more than £7,000 towards drainage works.
Jonathan Slade, PCC secretary, said: “The drainage system for the toilet in church needed urgent replacement.
“We hold concerts in church and therefore having a working toilet is very important; for a while we’ve needed to hire portaloos, which has been very expensive.
“Along with funding from the Friends of Powick Church, this grant means we can afford the new drainage system and we are now planning to get the work completed in March.”
The funding comes from a part of the Culture Recovery Fund called the Heritage Stimulus Fund and is administered on behalf of the government by Historic England.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “These grants will help the places that have shaped our skylines for hundreds of years and that continue to define culture in our towns and cities.
“We’re protecting heritage and culture in every corner of the country to save jobs and ensure it’s there for future generations to enjoy.”
Duncan Wilson, Historic England Chief Executive, said: “Historic places across the country are being supported by the Government’s grants awarded under the Culture Recovery Fund.
“This funding is a lifeline which is kick-starting essential repairs and maintenance at many of our most precious historic sites, so they can begin to recover from the damaging effects of Covid-19.”