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pounds 48,600 aid to boost historic site; TAMWORTH.

A BID to give a Staffordshire village a new heart with the makeover of an historic centrepiece has moved a step closer.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded Polesworth Abbey, near Tamworth, a pounds 48,600 grant to further help an ambitious plan to restore and improve the historic site.

Father Philip Wells, chairman of the Abbey's Parochial Church Council, said the cash will be used to carry out specialist reports to underpin the best way to safeguard the venue's future.

He said: "We are very pleased to receive this grant which will help us plan a far-reaching programme of change.

"We want to give heart to the village and honour its rich history.

"The developments so far have already begun to attract visitors and tourists to this wonderful, historic and atmospheric site."

Anne Jenkins, the lottery fund's regional manager, said: "The potential for this wonderful site is enormous with its rich and varied history.

"The grant will help the Abbey plan the future of the site carefully so generations can benefit from and appreciate it."
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Mar 21, 2007
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