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Post lockdown boost for St Mary the Virgin, Newport

12th Jun 2021

St Mary the Virgin Church in Newport has received a £10,000 grant from the National Churches Trust.  

The National Churches Trust Cornerstone Grant will help pay for urgent window repairs at the church to safeguard its heritage and enable it to be at the heart of the local community. 

Broadcaster and journalist Huw Edwards, Vice President of The National Churches Trust, said: “I’m delighted that St Mary the Virgin, Newport is being helped with a £10,000 National Churches Trust Cornerstone Grant. The grant will facilitate window repairs in the church.”

“The grant will safeguard unique local heritage and help St Mary the Virgin, continue to support local people as we begin to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The grant will support the repair and conservation of the masonry of the eight north and south clerestory windows in the nave, and the iron and lead work, and associated conservation and repair
of the glass.

Revd Neil McLeod, Vicar at St Mary’s said: “We are delighted to receive this grant! It will allow this long-planned repair project to go ahead and ensure that St Mary’s will remain at the very heart of our village community. As well as repairing and conserving the Tudor stonework and Victorian stained glass, the work will help support the specialist building trade essential to the future care of our ancient buildings”.