Lottery cash funds repairs for five Somerset churches

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Five churches in Somerset have been given money for repairs by the Heritage Lottery Fund's (HLF) Grants for Places of Worship programme.

St John's Church in Yeovil, which dates to the 14th Century, has been given £162,000 for a building survey.

It has severely eroded stonework and its tower is in a poor condition.

All Saints Church in East Huntspill, Portbury Church, St Mary's in Chard and the Church of St Peter and St Paul in Maperton will also benefit.

A total of £479,000 has been awarded to churches in the county as part of the funding scheme, which was launched in March.

Nerys Watts from the HLF said: "There is a place of worship in almost every ward, village and town across the south west of England, providing a very powerful visual connection with our past.

"Not only will our awards secure the immediate future of these particular buildings, it will also empower congregations to adapt them, where necessary, so they can be enjoyed more widely throughout the community and in turn enable them be more sustainable for the future."

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