Grade II listed St James the Great Church in Norton Juxta Kempsey will undergo essential repairs and modernisation following grants totalling £32,250 provided by the All Churches Trust, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the National Churches Trust.

Grants from the Garfield Weston Foundation and the National Churches Trust will enable urgent repairs to the 12th century church’s tower and roof, making it watertight and in turn helping to remove it from Historic England’s ‘At Risk’ Register.

The Revd Mark Badger, Vicar of St James the Great, said, “We’re delighted that we’ve received this support from the Garfield Weston Foundation and the National Churches Trust. St James has been at the centre of the community in Norton since medieval times and it’s great to know that we are a step closer to preserving it for future generations.”

St James the Great have also received a grant of £2,250 from the All Churches Trust towards the installation of new heating and lighting systems. Improved heating will allow for the church building to be used throughout the year, enabling wider community use of the building and greater creativity in the provision of mission and outreach events.

“This funding affords us a wonderful opportunity not only to honour and celebrate our history and heritage, but, perhaps more importantly, to add new chapters to it!” Mark continued. “We are committed to making St James fit for purpose as a spiritual and community resource, to making our church not only a sacred place but also a shared space, where community can be celebrated and strengthened for generations to come.”

Numerous churches, chapels and charities in the UK will benefit from the latest grants from various organisations like the National Churches Trust, to help tackle urgent repairs, carry out essential maintenance and install modern facilities such as toilets and kitchens.