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The Saving the Heritage, Sustaining the Community Timeline

Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund grant, development of this project is underway.

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Boards NLHF grant Statement of Need and Significance 

Monday 27th September 2021 Benefaction boards removed for restoration 

Boards taken for Restoration

The oil painting of St Peter healing the cripple, the oil painting of the Royal Arms to Charles ll (c.1660-1685) and the four Benefaction boards have today been taken away for restoration by Peter Martindale Conservation. They will be returned next year when hopefully most of the reordering of the inside of the Church is complete. The painting of St Peter is one of the few things which remain from before the fire, when it had formed part of the reredos behind the Altar. The condition is poor with flaking paint and very dark varnish, so hopefully on its return, it will look more as it did when it was originally painted.

September 2019 St Peter and All Hallows Church West Huntspill wins National Lottery Heritage Fund support

National Heritage Lottery Fund logo

St Peter and All Hallows Church has received a development grant of £97,100 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) for their ‘Saving the Heritage, Sustaining the Community’ project, it was announced today. 

Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the project team can now work with architects, conservators and the community to plan the project in greater detail. The project aims to celebrate the heritage of the church, a Grade 1 listed building, by providing a better welcome and interpretation of our long and significant history, and building closer relationships with different communities in the area, including disadvantaged groups and local residents.    

This is the first of three phases enabling us to sustain the building for greater community cohesion and create a hub for village life. ‘The Saving the Heritage, Sustaining the Community’ project has several objectives, including

  • Tackling urgent masonry repairs to the tower;
  • Installing essential toilets and kitchenette;
  • Focusing on the natural history and biodiversity in our graveyard and village including bats and a heronry, encouraging walkers from the nearby coastal path to visit, as well as local people to enjoy circular walks from the church to improve health and wellbeing;
  • Delivering a programme of targeted activities for elderly and isolated residents, primary school children, young people, walkers, as well as local people and holiday makers interested in the history of the building and the village;
  • Providing permanent interpretation and displays about the church in its parish.

St Peter and All Hallows is a living building, which has changed and evolved over the centuries: the changing needs of the congregation and the village, as well as normal wear and tear and weathering, are part of the continuing life of the building. An area around the tower is currently fenced off to prevent falling masonry injuring passers-by: National Lottery support for this project will make the tower safe and ensure the future of the church in the life of West Huntspill.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund grant applications over £250,000 are assessed in two rounds St Peter and All Hallows Church Tower Project has initially been granted round one development funding of £97,100 by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, allowing it to progress with its plans. Detailed proposals are then considered by The National Lottery Fund at a second round, where a final decision is made on the full funding award of £493,600.

Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future.

Commenting on the award, Project Co-ordinator David Lemon said: “We’re delighted that we’ve received this initial support thanks to National Lottery players. This award means that we can start planning the project in detail before submitting our final application within the next 18 months.”

For further information, images and interviews please contact (David Lemon) at St Peter and All Hallows Church on telephone  01278 783173 or [email protected]

Statement of Need 

St Peter and All Hallows Church is the Parish Church of the rural village of West Huntspill and hamlet of Alstone. Since 2015 the Church has been open daily during daylight hours, this has proved very successful with many visitors to the historic Church. Click to view full Statement of Need   document.

Statement of Significance

Within the village, the Church is the only Grade 1 listed building, confirming high national significance of the building as a whole. The presence of the Tower in the landscape is of high significance to the identity of the village. The Views from the Tower, which dominates the landscape, are spectacular: to the east and south east, the Somerset Levels to Glastonbury Tor; to the west, the Parrot Estuary, Bridgwater Bay, Steart Flats Nature Reserve, and the Quantock Hills; to the north west, the coastline at Burnham-On-Sea, the Bristol Channel and Wales in the distance. Not only are the views from the Tower spectacular but the Tower is a well-known landmark, being seen by passing traffic on the M5. Click to view full Statement of Significance  document.