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Grant will help church carry out essential work.

TWO North East churches have received a cash boost from English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

St Maurice's Church in Eglingham, Northumberland, will receive pounds 21,000.

The Reverend Dr Robert Kelsey, vicar of St Maurice's, said: "We need to do some essential maintenance work to the fabric of the building, and we want to make it more useful to the wider community.

"It's a two-pronged approach, since there's little sense in re-ordering the inside of the church if the outside is falling down, and there's more incentive to maintain the outside of the church if the inside is being put to good use. The English Heritage grant is great news in itself, and it provides a vote of confidence in our wider fundraising efforts."

Another pounds 44,000 will go towards repairs to St Helen's Church in Low Fell, Gateshead.

Carol Pyrah, English Heritage planning and development director for the North East, said: "Places of worship are the architectural wonders of our landscape. Many of these time-worn treasures are only maintained through the hard work of small and hard-pressed communities.

"These grants will go some way to providing much-needed support."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 13, 2008
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