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St Mary’s Church Lydiard Tregoze Conservation Project News

The £1 million Heritage Lottery funded Conservation Project will restore St. Mary’s historic interiors and make it more accessible to the public with access improvements, imaginative interpretation and lively education programmes.  The main focus of the delivery phase is the conservation of the extensive medieval wall paintings,  which have been identified by the Church of England as one of the 100 artworks currently most in need of conservation  in their 100 Church Treasures Appeal .
In conjunction with the Conservation Project, we are also planning a whole range of activities which include the participation of local schools, volunteers, children’s theatre, skills training, imaginative interpretation and a national symposium for professionals in the heritage and conservation sector.
For further information, images, interviews and private visits please contact Paul Gardner at gp.gardner@btinternet.com or 07831868429

October 2017: Funding
We have been awarded a grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund of £131,700 by the towards the £186,700 initial Development Phase of  the project. We have already raised the £55,000 match funding required to complete this Development Phase.
Completion of the development phase will allow St Mary’s to further refine the Delivery Phase, for which it will apply for a further grant of £615,000 toward the end of 2017. St Mary’s still needs to raise the balance of £155,000 to complete the funding for this Delivery Phase.

If you wish to make a direct payment donation to support St Mary’s Church Conservation Project, the BACS details are follows –
Account Name:    Building Fund
Bank:                    CAF Bank
Sort Code:            40-52-40
Account Number: 00017800
Please print, complete & return the Donation Form here, indicating that you have made a direct payment.

October 2017: Appointment of Conservator Team
We are pleased to announce after a competitive tender process, that St Mary’s have appointed Rutherfoord Conservation Limited to undertake the conservation of the medieval wall paintings, monuments & polychromy. The team is lead by the internationally acclaimed conservator Jane Rutherfoord and includes Deborah Cartly and Eddie Sinclair.
Jane and her team are at present on site at St Marys undertaking a detailed survey for the Project, in order to inform our Round 2 application to  HLF which we plan to make in March 2018.
Appeal Chairman Paul Gardner said “we are extremely pleased that we have secured Jane’s expertise again following her successful conservation of the Reredos in 2016”. Conserving the 18th century Reredos, along with associated building works, was a £40,000 project funded by the congregation, wider public and grants.
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