Latest grants awarded to Oxfordshire churches

Despite these difficult times and social distancing requirements, the Trust’s officers met recently (virtually via Zoom) to dispense grants to churches in need of seed-corn funding to kick start a project, or to supplement successful community fund-raising campaigns. A sum of £109,000 was allocated to 11 churches to support the modification, maintenance, repair and protection of these historic churches. Alongside its traditional and continuing function as a place for dedicated worship, increasingly the church building is becoming a centre for community and extra-mural activities. The Trust is delighted to support this trend which contributes to the continued existence and utilization of these remarkable buildings.

Three churches were awarded grants of £20,000: the Grade I listed medieval church of St Andrew at Wheatfield is to undergo significant conservation work and the OHCT seed-funding grant represents a good start for the village fundraisers; St Mary the Virgin at Wheatley (Grade II* Street church) has a project for extensive refurbishment in order too respond to the expanding community in the village; the C11 church of All Saints, Mixbury (Grade II* listed) requires urgent repair and restoration work.

St Mary at Longworth (Grade I listed)  received a grant of £13,000 to facilitate the commencement of urgent works to its ‘Bell and Tower project’. The grant will assist the project team in taking forward the costly and long-standing repairs.

St Etheldreda at Horley (Grade I listed), one of the county’s ironstone churches received £8,000 to fund the repair and replacement of windows; Didcot Baptist Church received £8,000 to facilitate accessibility and other improvements; St Margaret at Binsey (Grade II listed), an ancient pilgrimage church and the inspiration for Lewis Caroll’s ‘Treacle Well’ received £6,000 for masonry and related works; St Peter at Great Haseley (Grade I listed)  received £5,000 for work on its tower and stonework repairs; Watlington Methodist Church received £4,000 for roof repairs; St Mary at Sydenham (Grade II* listed)  received £3,000 for repairs to the church steeple;  St Thomas at Elsfield (Grade II* listed) received £2,000 for stonework and rainwater goods.

In addition, a sum of just under £5000 has been awarded to fund the installation of roof alarms.

Further details can be found by going to Grants Awarded.