A Grade II listed church in Stetchworth has been awarded a grant of more than £200,000 towards urgent repair work.
St Peter’s Church, which is on the places of worship at risk register, received the cash boost from a £3.6 million Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) pot.
The parochial church council (PCC) is now trying to raise a further £50,000 so structural repairs can be carried out to the 13th century building’s north and south aisle, nave and chancel.
The £212,000 came from the Repair Grants for Places of Worship scheme, currently funded by the HLF and administered by English Heritage. The grant comes in two stages, with £25,000 earmarked for initial surveys and £187,000 for the repairs themselves.
The grant followed a successful campaign to raise £30,000 to buy and install a new electrical and heating system at the church, which included donations from villagers, Stetchworth-based property tycoon Bill Gredley and a grant from the Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust.
Churchwarden Lily Whymer said: “We are delighted with the Heritage Lottery grant and overwhelmed by the help from the parish, which has given us more enthusiasm to push on now and get the further grants we need and get the £50,000 we still need to raise.”