Welby Church receives £140k Heritage Lottery Funding boost towards educational project

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An historic church has received £140,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund which will enable it to also be used as a heritage centre for schools and other groups to learn more about the local area’s history.

St Bartholomew’s in Welby, a small church on the edge of Melton, is believed to date from the year 1180AD.

The lottery funding is a major boost to a project which aims to make the church a dual purpose building as a heritage centre.

The project will enable local schools, colleges and history groups to visit the site to study and learn more about the important medieval settlement of Welby. The intention is that visitors will be able to look at archaeological artefacts, photographs, display boards and old maps of the area to learn more about the area’s history. An education pack will also be produced for schools and colleges to use.

Churchwarden Sam Willder said: “I’m delighted we’ve been given the grant and the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund who have shared our vision of this project from the outset. We’re really looking forward to seeing this project go forward and take shape.”

Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund East Midlands Vanessa Harbar added: “The investment will pay for urgent repair works to the church and also mark a new chapter for this much-loved important building.”