Recent grants

During 2012/13 the Trust has allocated 26 grants to churches and chapels across Nottinghamshire, totalling £74,312. One grant was made to a Christian Greek Orthodox church, with the remainder to Anglican churches. This tends to reflect the distribution and age of ecclesiastical buildings in the county.

As reported last year, changes to regulations in 2009 resulted in the loss of the block grant funding from Waste Recycling Environmental (WREN) to all County Churches Trusts and this has impacted on the level of support we have been able to provide, especially for improving toilet facilities and access provision.

The recent Partnership Grants Programme operated by National Churches Trust has benefitted eight churches since the beginning of 2011. The programme is best suited for grants towards necessary structural repairs projects and we have already made recommendations to the National Churches Trust to utilise the £10,000 they have made available to us during 2013. We are hopeful that the full Grant Application will be successful, as there is no guarantee that all the requests will be met.

Scrap lead continues to be of high value and many of the churches in the county, in spite of preventative measures, have fallen victim to lead theft. Most of the requests for support during the financial year were for necessary repairs to roofs, including the replacement of stolen lead roofing with terne-coated stainless steel which is more resistant to theft due to its method of fixing. It is to be hoped that utilising the lead alternative will enable our churches and chapels to remain watertight for many years to come. Other applications have been fairly evenly distributed across a range of projects, with a very small number being rejected as they fell outside the Trust’s rules of eligibility.

Graeme Renton
Chairman of the Grants Committee


The following Churches and Chapels have been allocated grant-aid during the year:

New awards (total £74,312)


Attenborough, St Mary’s (Anglican; medieval; Grade I listed)

Repair/improve rainwater goods and surface water drainage

Beeston, St John the Baptist (Anglican; C19th; Grade II listed)

Drainage work

Bilborough, St Martin of Tours (Anglican; medieval; Grade II* listed)

Restoration of the 1946 Evelyn Gibbs Murals

Bramcote, St Michael and All Angels (Anglican; C19th; Grade II listed)

Heating system and repairs to plaster and redecoration

Cropwell Bishop, St Giles (Anglican; medieval; Grade I listed)

Stonework repairs and drainage

East Retford, St Swithun’s (Anglican; medieval; Grade II* listed)

Major repairs to the roofs of the tower and transepts

East Stoke, St Oswald’s (Anglican; medieval; Grade II* listed)

Replacement of stolen lead roof on south aisle with terne-coated stainless steel

Epperstone, Holy Cross (Anglican; medieval; Grade I listed)

Window repairs

Gotham, St Lawrence (Anglican; medieval; Grade I listed)

Boiler replacement

Halam, St Michael the Archangel (Anglican; medieval; Grade I listed)

Porch repairs

Harby with Swinethorpe, All Saints (Anglican; C19th; Grade II listed)

Re-hang bells with new fittings

Holme Pierrepont, St Edmund’s (Anglican; medieval; Grade I listed)

Specialist cleaning of masonry and memorial

Hucknall, Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene (Anglican; medieval; Grade II* listed)

Extensive stonework repairs and repair of rainwater goods

Hucknall, St Peter and St Paul (Anglican; C20th; not listed)

Replacement of vandalised cross on external roof

Mansfield, St Mark’s (Anglican; C19th; Grade II* listed)


Norwell, St Laurence (Anglican; medieval; Grade I listed)

Replacement of failed north transept lead roof with terne-coated stainless steel

Nottingham, Greek Orthodox Church of Virgin Mary Eleousa (Christian Greek Orthodox; C19th; Grade II listed)

Replacement of nave roof and repair and replacement of damaged rainwater goods; high level stonework repairs (additional award)

Nottingham, St Saviour’s (Anglican; C19th; Grade II listed)

Major electrical work

Ollerton, St Giles (Anglican; C18th; Grade II listed)

Redecoration of tower base, floor repairs and drainage improvements

Ratcliffe-on-Soar, Holy Trinity (Anglican; medieval; Grade I listed)

Restoration of roof with sand cast lead

Sherwood, St Martin’s (Anglican; C20th; Grade II* listed)

Roof repairs

Sookholme, St Augustine (Anglican; medieval; Grade I listed)

Replacement window grilles

Strelley, All Saints (Anglican; medieval; Grade I listed)

General repairs and drainage

Teversal, St Katherine’s (Anglican; medieval; Grade I listed)

Replacement of wooden Sanctuary floor and repairs to north aisle wall and dado panelling (additional award)

Tuxford, St Nicholas (Anglican; medieval; Grade I listed)

Stonework, door and heating repairs

Upton, St Peter and St Paul (Anglican; medieval; Grade I listed)

Replacement of failed lead roofing to the north aisle with terne-coated stainless steel