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Heritage Award For St Mary's

St. Mary’s Totnes has been named as one of the recipients of the government’s

Culture Recovery Fund. The church has been awarded £83,100 that will be used

in a variety of ways on behalf of the building’s proposed rehabilitation project.

The Culture Recovery Fund targeted more than 450 heritage organisations in

what is the first wave of a £1.57bn government fund to help them through the

coronavirus pandemic. The fund is aimed at securing the future of museums,

galleries and heritage sites.

"We are delighted to receive this grant which will enable us to keep the church

open safely as a heritage site and place of prayer over the next six months of this

crisis,” said Rev’d Jim Barlow, Team Rector.

“It will also enable us to offer a space for local artists and performers to live

stream from, out to the wider community, and for St Mary's to resume the

community consultation on its redevelopment project, to secure the building's

long-term future,” he said.

The announcement of the award was made at an informal meeting with MP

Anthony Magnall, who promised to do all that he could to continue the fundraising

effort at St. Mary’s.

Rev’d Jim Barlow explained that the £83,000 will be used for a variety of

purposes, including 1) helping weather the next six months and to keep the

building open as much and as safely as possible; 2) to be able to continue the

community consultation and fundraising in relation to the development bid and 3)

to enable live streaming of high quality audio and visual content from St Marys.

In announcing the overall funding for the Recovery Fund, Culture Secretary

Oliver Dowden said; “As a nation it is essential that we preserve our heritage and

celebrate and learn from our past. This massive support package will protect our

shared heritage for future generations, save jobs and help us prepare for a

cultural bounce back post covid.”

Along with Rev’d Jim Barlow and MP Magnall, others who attended Friday’s

announcement were: John Birch, Emily “Mop” Price, Georgina Allen and John

Anderson from the St. Mary’s Heritage Trust and the churchwardens, Martin

Harvey and Julian Hall.

Pictured below are MP Anthony Mangnall, Emily "Mop" Price, Georgina Allen,

John Anderston, and Rev'd Jim Barlow.

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