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Tower repair project gains support

St James’ Church, Norton has received initial National Lottery support* for the Tower Repair Project, it was announced today. Made possible by National Lottery players, the project aims to carry out essential conservation work to the Church tower, make improvements to the interior of the building and develop community heritage projects.

Development funding of £18,600 has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help St James the Great progress their plans to apply for a full National Lottery grant at a later date.

The Church Council will partner with the Worcester Regiment Museum, WW1 Projects and the local community to develop a number of heritage projects highlighting the history of the Church and its role as Garrison Church for Norton Barracks from 1881 – 1951. 

Audio visual displays and digital media will be used to create an interactive educational experience highlighting the Church’s army connection, the lives and service of local soldiers and of those from across the world who came to Norton.

A plan to put the Church yard ‘on the map’ will involve revealing its hidden heritage and wildlife via the Caring for God’s Acre project.  The Church yard will become a focus for community involvement, a tranquil place for quiet reflection and resource for inspiration and community learning.

Tens of thousands of men all over the world have memories of Norton Barracks and St James as their garrison church. It is home to the Regimental Colours of the Worcestershire Regiment, a Nicholson Organ, Kemp stained glass, Norman loop window and an unusual dovecote in the 14th century tower. The project will build on the Church’s heritage and relationships to create a place and space for the whole community.

Commenting on the award, Reverend Mark Badger said: “We’re delighted that we’ve received this support thanks to National Lottery players. St James has been at the centre of the Community in Norton since medieval times and it’s great to know that we are a step closer to preserving it for future generations.

Whilst we are mindful of the history of our church, we are determined that its story is not just about the past, but the future too!

 

We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund shared the belief of this community that greater community involvement in church and local heritage projects is a valuable education tool which will not only help us welcome visitors, but also help foster a stronger sense of community too!”

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