£294,900 Grant awarded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund

£294,900 Grant awarded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund

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“East Harptree Church awarded major National Lottery Heritage Fund grant

St Laurence East Harptree has been awarded a £294,900 grant by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to restore its 15C Tower, to conserve its wall paintings, stained glass and bells and to undertake a wide range of activities locally and with a school for disadvantaged young people in South Bristol.

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The United Parish of East Harptree with West Harptree and Hinton Blewett has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £294,900 for an exciting heritage project (Project Newton) in East Harptree. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on works of conservation to St Laurence East Harptree as well as improvements to its churchyard and activities with East Harptree Primary School, East Harptree Environment Group and Harptrees History Society and a range of other community groups and a school (Learning Partnership West) in south Bristol for disadvantaged young people. The conservation works will start in April 2022 and be completed by the end of 2022. The Activities will last until 2025.
Supported through The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project will
• improve the curriculum of East Harptree Primary School through a partnership with Bristol Museum and create a new learning space in St Laurence churchyard for the Primary School
• support the Natural World by new planting in the churchyard and spaces for bats, swifts and owls and smaller mammals
• enable the digitisation of the significant archive of the Harptrees History Society
• provide opportunities to see close up the work of specialist conservation experts including visits to their workshops
• enable disadvantaged young people from south Bristol to come to this lovely area, enjoy the natural world, learn about local heritage and inspire them to new educational and career opportunities
• improve access to St Laurence and its churchyard
There will be many opportunities for volunteers and the development of new skills including
• research into the history of St Laurence and the local area to support the new websites for St Laurence and the Harptrees History Society and the improved interpretation telling the stories about St Laurence and its fine features and the people involved with it over the centuries.
• the creation of banners for St Laurence
• planting in the churchyard
• the staging of theatrical performances to celebrate local history and people
East Harptree is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. St Laurence is a 12C 2* listed Church with stained glass of national importance and high quality Victorian and rare Medieval wall paintings which will be fully revealed by the project. It has a fine 15C Tower which will be fully restored as part of the proposed works. The overall project budget is £750k so this award is a major contribution to our fundraising. More information about the project can be found at https://eharptreechurch.co.uk

Commenting on the award, St Laurence churchwardens Guy Stobart and Mary Cookson said: “We are thrilled and grateful to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and are confident the project will improve the lives of young people locally and in south Bristol, contribute to the community spirit and well being in East Harptree as well as preserving and making more accessible important local heritage”

Notes to editors

About United Parish of East Harptree with East Harptree and Hinton Blewett
We are a registered charity (no 1187091) and have been a truly United Parish in the Church of England since 1976. Find us at https://eharptreechurch.co.uk and follow @harptree_newton on Twitter.
About The National Lottery Heritage Fund
Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.heritagefund.org.uk.

Follow @HeritageFundUK on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLotteryHeritageFund
Since The National Lottery began in 1994, National Lottery players have raised over £43 billion for projects and more than 635,000 grants have been awarded across the UK.

Further information
For further information, images and interviews please contact Guy Stobart on 01761221505 and guywstobart55@gmail.com.



Funding Updates


Recent grants: National Lottery Heritage Fund award £294,900. Also Foulerton Trust, Bath and Wells Diocesan Association of Change Ringers, Burges Salmon, The Hobson Charity, Somerset Churches Trust, Allchurches Trust, St. Andrew’s Conservation Trust, Church Care, The Beatrice Laing Trust. If the government extend the LPOW VAT Grant Scheme again in March 2022 that is worth c£90k to the project. Zero VAT rating of the Inclusive Access Works would realise another £15k


  • National Lottery Heritage Fund(294900)
  • School House Trust (£73k)
  • Pledges so far (£84k)
  • Donations so far (£41k)
  • Allchurches Trust(£12800)
  • The Hobson Charity (£10k)
  • Churchcare (£8600)
  • St. Andrew’s Conservation Trust (£2k)
  • The Beatrice Laing Trust(£5k)
  • Somerset Churches Trust (£2k)
  • LPOW VAT Grant Scheme (£90k)
  • Zero Rating of Inclusive Access works (£15k)
  • The Sharpe Trust (£400)
  • Foulerton Trust (£5000)
  • Francis Coales(£1000)
  • Bath and Wells Diocesan Association of Change Ringers(£6400)
  • Burges Salmon Charitable Trust (£150)
  • Other (£64200)










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