Heritage Lincolnshire joins the team

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Dreams of conserving the beautiful but endangered church of St Peter and St Paul in Algarkirk have come a step closer to being realised with the appointment of Heritage Lincolnshire as Project Officers. The appointment has been funded through a development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  

Algarkirk Major Project Group (AMPG) Leader, Audrey Young, said: "It is wonderful to be able to bring the knowledge and expertise of Heritage Lincolnshire on board to help us with our plans for the church. Conserving the building and developing the role the church can play in supporting the local community is something that can benefit everyone in the parish. Having Heritage Lincolnshire on our team will take those hopes and dreams a big step closer to reality."

Liz Bates, Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Lincolnshire said, “We are absolutely delighted to be working with the community in Algarkirk on this exciting project. As a Trust we have been interested in the Church and the historic landscape around it for some time and so we are really looking forward to meeting everyone and getting started. The group leading the project have some fantastic ideas and we will do all we can to help achieve the goal of conserving the ‘Cathedral of the Fens’.”

Liz will be working alongside her colleague Natalie Lunt in the planning stages and in June 2015 Natalie will take up the role of Project Officer. The role will be to promote the project and to trial some of the activities that will be delivered if all of the funding is successfully raised. The aim is to encourage local people will come along to those activities and offer feedback on the project plans as they develop. There will also be training volunteers to help the group to get ready for future stages of the project. The Project Officer will be talking to local and regional partners to gain help and advice and of course fundraising will be an important task. The team will be aiming to build on local support and to identifying additional sources of funding.