St Oswald’s Church Winwick has received initial support in the form of a first round pass from the Heritage Lottery Fund for renovations to the South Aisle roof
The project aims to complete the £800k restoration work already done to make the final part of the roof safe. This latest funding will also allow the fabrication of a stage and the creation of a museum for community use.
Development funding of £46,600 has been awarded to help St Oswald’s church to progress their plans to apply for a full grant at a later date.
Whilst the project aims to carry out essential conservation work on this medieval church an important part of it is to facilitate community involvement. The benefits will be that the church will become a venue for local organisations who require a stage and seating for about 150 people. It is envisaged that the museum will become a centre for educational talks and workshops for the general public.
The current building has been in existence for over 700 years and an earlier building was recorded in the Doomsday Book. Over recent years it has not been at the forefront of the community but with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund award the aim is to convert it into the focal point of the community.
Mr Mike Matthews a member of Winwick Parish Council says he is overjoyed at the award. The fact that we as a wider community now have the prospect of a fully equipped performance space and museum is a major enhancement to the community.
We as members of the Parochial Church Council are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support and we intend to provide the village with a place for live entertainment, public meetings and an educational centre based upon our museum.