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A much-loved Worcestershire church is to share in a £265,000 funding payout from the National Churches Trust.

A £15,000 National Churches Trust Repair Grant will help fund tower and roof repairs at the Grade II* listed St James the Great church, Norton Juxta Kempsey, making the church watertight and preserving its historic fabric. The church is currently on the Historic England At Risk Register.

Broadcaster and journalist Huw Edwards, Vice President of The National Churches Trust, said: “The UK's historic churches and chapels are a vital part of our national heritage. But to survive, many need to carry out urgent repairs and install modern facilities. The cost of this work is far beyond what most congregations can pay for themselves.”

“I’m delighted that the St James the Great Church, Norton Juxta Kempsey, is being helped with a £15,000 National Churches Trust Grant. The work on the roof and tower will help secure the future of an historic building.”

A total of 63 churches and chapels in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will benefit from the latest grants from the National Churches Trust, the charity supporting church buildings of all Christian denominations across the UK.

These grants are the third made in 2019. Earlier in the year the National Churches Trust distributed over £600,000 to 38 churches and chapels around the UK.

The church

The oldest portion of the existing church is part of the Norman wall dating from 1080. The nave is 12th Century and appears to have been lengthened in the 13th Century. The chancel appears to have been rebuilt in the 14th Century and the tower may have been added later that century. St James’ features an Octagonal Font from around 1220. The bell tower seems to have been built around 1370 and contains a Dovecote. There are three bells in the tower. The oldest was cast in Worcester in 1450 by Richard le Bellyterre. The second bell is the largest and was cast by ‘I.M’ which was the makers mark of John Martin. The third bell is the smallest and was cast in Gloucester in 1716 by ‘Abe Rudhall.’ The regimental depot was located in Norton in 1877, since when Norton became a garrison village and St James the Great, a garrison church.

The project

The project will facilitate tower and roof repairs to help remove the church from Historic England’s At Risk Register.

Reverend Mark Badger Vicar at St James the Great said:

We’re delighted that we’ve received this support from the National Chjurches Trust. St James has been at the centre of the Community in Norton since medieval times and it’s great to know that we are a step closer to preserving it for future generations.”

St James has a rich history which spans nearly 10 centuries and in a rapidly expanding and changing community it is an important reminder of our shared history and heritage. However, the church and its surrounds are not just a monument to the past, but part of a living, developing community.

This funding affords us a wonderful opportunity not only to honour and celebrate our history and heritage but, perhaps more importantly, to add new chapters to it! We are committed to making St James fit for purpose as a spiritual and community resource, to making St James not only a sacred place but also a shared space, where community can be celebrated and strengthened.

This funding will help us to protect St James both as a place of worship and community space for generations to come.

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