Friday, 31 July 2009

Tiny church wins £10,000 survival prize

An Anglican church attended by just 22 people has won a £10,000 award to help it continue to exist. St Andrew's Church in South Warnborough in Hampshire has won the Country Life magazine Village Church for Village Life Award. The 12th century church was in poor condition until the church asked for help from the South Warnborough Gentlemen's Working Club. The Club has supervised a complete transformation which means it is now fit to host community events and concerts. The pews were removed, better lighting installed and a kitchen and disabled toilet added. The Country Life award was set up by Sir Roy Strong, former director of the National Portrait Gallery, to tackle the decline of historic rural churches.

Source: Daily Telegraph (29/7)

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