Church repairs project to begin

    10 May 2018

    For immediate release:

    Brampton Abbotts St Michael and All Angels Church repairs project to begin thanks to National Lottery support

    A long awaited project to repair Brampton Abbotts church in Herefordshire can now begin, thanks to a confirmed grant of £215,600* from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) it was announced today.

    The Grade II* listed Norman building sits on the edge of the village in a beautiful hilltop setting, with breathtaking views from the churchyard towards Ross-on-Wye and the Forest of Dean.

    The grant from HLF will address the major repairs needed to the tower, the roofs, rainwater goods, stonework, the porch, several windows, internal walls and ceilings, and electrics.

    The work should remove St Michael’s from the Heritage at Risk Register, make it wind and watertight, and give it a sustainable future.

    St Michael's is a closed Church, closing some 10 years ago, when the scope of repairs required were beyond the capacity of the local community.

    The vital repairs are the first phase of a community regeneration project, known locally as The Daily Bread, which seeks to provide this important heritage building with a sustainable future. Following the repairs St Michael’s will be converted in to an artisan bakery, together with a café and community facilities for all, and worship a minimum of 6 times a year.

    A partnership has formed between the Diocese of Hereford and BAcRG, a local Community Interest Company set up specifically to take forward the preservation and regeneration of the building, to secure its future as a multi-use resource for the village – returning it to the heart of the community.

    As part of the funding, made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, there will be opportunities for local people to learn more about the history of the building. The church has been at the centre of village life for 800 years, the Chancel and Nave being 12th Century. The churchyard has a fine collection of Georgian tombs and a medieval churchyard cross, a Schedule 1 Ancient Monument.

    Vanessa Harbar, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands said

    “We have been delighted to support St Michael’s Church in Brampton Abbotts to carry out urgent repairs and engage new audiences with this much-loved local landmark. Thank you to the National Lottery players who have made it possible.”

    Wendy Coombey, Community Partnership and Funding Officer, Diocese of Hereford, said:

    “Projects like Brampton Abbotts give new life and hope for some of our most ancient churches, and there is no reason why the learning from this project couldn’t be transferred to an open church. As a Diocese, we are delighted to support it both now and in the future. This project gives an exciting future to a building and will engage many people who live in and around the church and also people who visit the area.”

    Sam Hine, Project Manager, Brampton Abbotts Church Regeneration Group said,

    “We are so pleased that the funding for the repairs stage of The Daily Bread project is now confirmed. Local people have been working hard for many years to develop a viable and sustainable business plan for the building and the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund will enable us to finally get the project on its way.”


    Notes to Editors:

    * The HLF grant to the Repair and Regeneration of St Michael’s Church Brampton Abbotts is for £215,600 (61% of project costs) and is a second-round pass, which means it is a confirmed award.

    Matchfunding for the repairs project will come from a number of sources, including Garfield Weston Foundation; National Churches Trust; All Churches Trust; Church Building Council; Rowlands Trust; Lasletts Charity; and Hereford Historic Churches Trust.

    About the Heritage Lottery Fund

    Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #HLFsupported.

    Further information:

    HLF Press Office: Vicky Wilford 020 7591 6165


    Diocese of Hereford: Catherine Cashmore Communications Director 01432 373342 catherine.cashmore@hereford.anglican.org

    Brampton Abbotts Church Regeneration Group: Samantha Hine Project Manager 07974 772840 sam@samhine.co.uk

    Images: http://bit.ly/2IdAjqR

    (Image 1: Stuart Fraser, Oliver Marshall, Janet Fraser (left to right) – Directors of BAcRG celebrating the announcement of the HLF approval and all funding in place to undertake the repairs at St Michael’s in Brampton Abbotts

    Image 2: Stuart Fraser, Oliver Marshall, Janet Fraser (left to right)

    Image 3: Stuart Fraser; Oliver Marshall; Janet Fraser (left to right)