Great news from the Heritage Lottery Fund this month: it has awarded funding for two projects involving nationally important buildings at risk. In Lincolnshire, the Grade I listed closed church of All Saints, Benington will become a new community resource known as the Beonna as a result of a £1.8 million HLF grant. The AHF awarded Benington Community Heritage Trust an options appraisal grant in 2009 and backed its partnership with the Churches Conservation Trust with a £200,000 grant from the Challenge Fund for Historic Buildings at Risk in 2012. See more here.
The Grade II* listed Providence Chapel in Charlwood, Surrey has a unique history, having started life as a military barracks during the Napoleonic war period. It has secured a first-round pass from the HLF, celebrated in the year which marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. The Providence Chapel Charlwood Trust was established with help from the AHF’s Support Officer and has benefited from both a Project Viability Grant and a Project Development Grant to develop plans for re-use. See more here.
Both buildings are featured on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register but should now be on their way to being rescued and eventually taken off the Register.