Today, St Mary’s Church, Badby has received news of a grant of £79,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an urgent project to replace rotting floors. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will also provide a step-less entrance for the first time and a large new flat area at the back of the church which can be laid out with chairs, tables and displays so we can better meet the variety of 21st century activities. Work is planned to start from October and will continue for about six months.
We hope to keep parts of the church open throughout by working around essential events whenever feasible.
We shall also move the font to a more visible position, update the electrical heating system and install CCTV so the bells can be seen when ringing.
The church building is a Grade II* listed building dating from the early 14th century with a magnificent 15th century clerestory and a tower rebuilt in 1709. It had major work carried out during 1880-1 when pine pews were installed replacing higgledy-piggledy older ones. The oldest of the six bells at the top of the tower was cast in 1623 and the newest in 2000.
The building contains many historic features which will be more accessible when the work is completed.
Commenting on the award, Geoff Pullin said: “We are absolutely delighted to have received support thanks to National Lottery players. We have been battling away for several years to get this work done. We look forward to finishing it so everyone can use the village’s oldest building safely and easily”
Jonathan Platt, Head of HLF East Midlands, said: “Historic places of worship like St Mary’s Badby have fascinating stories to tell, and are often at the heart of local communities. Thanks to National Lottery players we can help to address the church’s urgent conservation needs and share its heritage widely”.
Badby PCC is responsible for the financial affairs of St Mary the Virgin Church, Badby, Northamptonshire in the Diocese of Peterborough, the maintenance of its assets, and promoting its mission in the parish. See more about our activities on https://www.achurchnearyou.com/badby/
Thanks to National Lottery players, The Heritage Lottery Fund can invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk.