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Churches can get on with repairs with cash hand-out from charity.

THREE Welsh churches are to receive a share in a huge funding boost of almost PS400,000.

The payout, from the National Churches Trust, will be awarded to 29 churches across the UK, including churches in Newport, Hanmer and Clydach in Swansea.

Most of the requests for financial help received by the charity were for roof, stonework and drainage repair and for the provision of toilets, kitchens and disabled access.

Vice President of the National Churches Trust and broadcast journalist Huw Edwards said: "I'm delighted that this Christmas the future of St Mary's Church, Clydach; St Chad's Church, Hanmer; and Bethel Community Church, Newport, is being safeguarded by National Churches Trust grants.

He urged people to think about how they can help churches remain open for future generations.

"That could be by helping to clear drains and gutters to help keep churches watertight, volunteering to help out as a guide, or keeping an eye out for vandals or thieves."

The churches have PS10,000 each to spend.

St Mary's Church, Clydach, is one of the most imposing and architecturally accomplished Gothic style churches in South Wales but its detailed construction, which includes stained glass and a remarkable reredos, needs major repair. Hanmer's medieval stone St Chad's is where Owain Glyndwr married Margaret Hanmer in 1383. It is also used as a village hall, for events such as arts and craft shows and concerts.

The funding will go towards repairing the roof, which has suffered in the frequent bad weather and affected the carved oak ceilings on both side aisles. Water has been dripping onto the organ pipes, sound system and side aisle chairs.

Bethel Community Church in Newport, which is described in the CADW listing as an impressive Gothic chapel by a prominent firm of local architects, is in need of eradication of dry rot, as well as window repairs.

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