Heritage Lottery Fund support Banham PCC
Banham Parochial Church Council has received initial support for the St. Mary’s Church Restoration Project. The project aims to carry out urgent high-level structural repairs to the fabric of St. Mary the Virgin Church in Banham.
The restoration will serve to conserve and protect this Grade I listed building in the heart of the community for the enjoyment of future generations. The project also aims to widen the understanding of heritage within St. Mary’s through a range of interpretive activities including heritage workshops.
Heritage Lottery Fund Development funding of £24,300 has been awarded to help Banham PCC progress its plans to apply for a full grant at a later date.
The project aims to carry out essential conservation work to the tower staircase and buttress, the east chancel window and south aisle rainwater drainage.
The church building serves to enhance the life of local people and the wider community not only as an historic meeting place for religious worship, but also hosts a wide range of activities for the enjoyment of young and old alike, including:
St. Mary’s hosts the Youth Café, run in partnership with Integrate Youth for Christ. The Café attracts up to 70 secondary school-aged young people from the village and surrounding areas to meet and enjoy fun and games every Friday night during term time.
Messy Church attracts up to 20 pre-school and primary school-aged children and their families, who meet in St. Mary’s on a Sunday afternoon every 2 months to learn about Christ-centred values whilst enjoying fun activities based on creativity, hospitality and celebration.
One Saturday every month St Mary’s hosts the Saturday Café, serving fine cakes and even finer bacon rolls. This is a real community building event, attracting many villagers and visitors of all ages.
At various times of the year St. Mary’s becomes a village cinema through a scheme called Village Screen East. People young and old, families and single people gather to watch recently released movies and some not so recent, borrowed from the East of England Film Archive.
Anita Bounds from Banham PCC said “We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support. This is a huge achievement for Banham. St. Mary’s is such an important focal point for the local and wider community, and it is so rewarding that we are a step closer to preserving it for another century. We welcome additional volunteer help with developing our heritage activities and/or donations to help us progress our vital conservation and restoration work. Please contact me on 01953-887084 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details of how you can get involved.”
St Mary's Banham is pictured