£20,000 National Churches Trust grants for two churches
12th September 2019
St Mary’s Church, Reed in Hertfordshire and St Edmund or St James, Blunham are each being granted £10,000 from the National Churches Trust, two among 48 churches sharing a total of £290,000 in grants.
St Mary’s, Reed (pictured above) dates from the early 11th Century, making it among the oldest in the diocese. According to the East Herts Archaeological Society, “Excluding St Albans Abbey, no church in the county has a larger amount of Saxon work at present visible”.
The National Churches Trust Cornerstone Grant will help fund the repointing of the tower and walls, and repairs to masonry at the Grade 1 listed church, making it watertight and preserving its historic fabric.
The unusually-named St Edmund or St James, Blunham also received £10,000 helping support the installation of an accessible toilet and kitchen, to allow the church better to serve its community. Why the two names? “There is no doubt that Edmund is the correct dedication” says the church’s website, “but within living memory, the church has always been known locally as St James”.
Find out more about supporting the National Churches Trust or applying for a grant on their website