Dorset

Listed church in Dorset gets repairs grant

A Grade I listed church in Dorset has been awarded nearly £100,000 for urgent repairs to its roof.

The Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage have given the £94,000 grant to St Lawrence church, Folke, in the west of the county.

The grant is among £15.7m given to 153 English churches under the Repair Grants for Places of Worship scheme.

St Lawrence's was entirely rebuilt in 1628, restored in 1875, and contains Jacobean joinery, screws and pews.

Andrew Vines, South West regional director of English Heritage, said without the grants "brave but struggling congregations" would watch their "beloved churches and chapels falling into ruin".

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