All Saints Church in Stisted has been given a £197,700 grant to make urgent repairs to its roof.

Halstead Gazette: Historic Stisted church offered financial lifeline after woodpeckers turned roof into "sieve". Historic Stisted church offered financial lifeline after woodpeckers turned roof into "sieve".

A grade l listed church has been thrown a financial lifeline after woodpeckers and crows turned its roof into a “sieve”.

The historic All Saints Church in Stisted, which is regularly used by bell ringers, a mother and baby group and village primary school, has been awarded a £197,700 grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for urgent repair work.


It is the largest of seven grants given to churches across the East of England, which total £558,500.

An HLF spokesman said: “With woodpeckers chipping away at the spire and crows nesting in the bell chamber, it is sadly representative of many places of worship today and has been described as a ‘sieve’ by experts.

“Now, the Grade I listed church will be made watertight so that the future of the building can be secured."

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1:45pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

All churches are really wealthy but they cry poverty and expect funding from organisations like the Heritage Lottery fund. In my opinion lottery funding should go towards things like the Air Ambulance!
All churches are really wealthy but they cry poverty and expect funding from organisations like the Heritage Lottery fund. In my opinion lottery funding should go towards things like the Air Ambulance! Say It As It Is OK?

3:02pm Sun 22 Dec 13

bridportresident says...

Funny looking pub, where is the editor.
Funny looking pub, where is the editor. bridportresident

6:38pm Sun 22 Dec 13

ma.milden@gmail.com says...

Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
All churches are really wealthy but they cry poverty and expect funding from organisations like the Heritage Lottery fund. In my opinion lottery funding should go towards things like the Air Ambulance!
No they are not wealthy at all. Do you not go to church? How strange if you don't. maybe you should go and see and offer support instead of being critical. Yes of course Air Ambulance deserves to have funding and should be readily available to them.
[quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: All churches are really wealthy but they cry poverty and expect funding from organisations like the Heritage Lottery fund. In my opinion lottery funding should go towards things like the Air Ambulance![/p][/quote]No they are not wealthy at all. Do you not go to church? How strange if you don't. maybe you should go and see and offer support instead of being critical. Yes of course Air Ambulance deserves to have funding and should be readily available to them. ma.milden@gmail.com

12:58am Mon 23 Dec 13

Boris says...

ma.milden@gmail.com wrote:
Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
All churches are really wealthy but they cry poverty and expect funding from organisations like the Heritage Lottery fund. In my opinion lottery funding should go towards things like the Air Ambulance!
No they are not wealthy at all. Do you not go to church? How strange if you don't. maybe you should go and see and offer support instead of being critical. Yes of course Air Ambulance deserves to have funding and should be readily available to them.
The Heritage Lottery Fund is for historic buildings, and quite right too. Someone needs to tke care of them. Nobody asks Say It to contribute to it. He can dedicate all his spare cash to the Air Ambulance, as many people already do. And with Gift Aid he can make his gifts go further.
[quote][p][bold]ma.milden@gmail.com[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: All churches are really wealthy but they cry poverty and expect funding from organisations like the Heritage Lottery fund. In my opinion lottery funding should go towards things like the Air Ambulance![/p][/quote]No they are not wealthy at all. Do you not go to church? How strange if you don't. maybe you should go and see and offer support instead of being critical. Yes of course Air Ambulance deserves to have funding and should be readily available to them.[/p][/quote]The Heritage Lottery Fund is for historic buildings, and quite right too. Someone needs to tke care of them. Nobody asks Say It to contribute to it. He can dedicate all his spare cash to the Air Ambulance, as many people already do. And with Gift Aid he can make his gifts go further. Boris

10:07am Mon 23 Dec 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

ma.milden@gmail.com wrote:
Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
All churches are really wealthy but they cry poverty and expect funding from organisations like the Heritage Lottery fund. In my opinion lottery funding should go towards things like the Air Ambulance!
No they are not wealthy at all. Do you not go to church? How strange if you don't. maybe you should go and see and offer support instead of being critical. Yes of course Air Ambulance deserves to have funding and should be readily available to them.
Anyone who has half a brain would know the vast majority of religions are very wealthy. The Church of England is a major land and property owner. They have a vast share and financial portfolio with an annual income outstripping many PLCs. The annual reports for the CofE are available for all to see but they, and the other religions all cry poverty.
So they really are not short of money and funding like this should go to worthy causes and not to prop up a wealthy organisation.
[quote][p][bold]ma.milden@gmail.com[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: All churches are really wealthy but they cry poverty and expect funding from organisations like the Heritage Lottery fund. In my opinion lottery funding should go towards things like the Air Ambulance![/p][/quote]No they are not wealthy at all. Do you not go to church? How strange if you don't. maybe you should go and see and offer support instead of being critical. Yes of course Air Ambulance deserves to have funding and should be readily available to them.[/p][/quote]Anyone who has half a brain would know the vast majority of religions are very wealthy. The Church of England is a major land and property owner. They have a vast share and financial portfolio with an annual income outstripping many PLCs. The annual reports for the CofE are available for all to see but they, and the other religions all cry poverty. So they really are not short of money and funding like this should go to worthy causes and not to prop up a wealthy organisation. Say It As It Is OK?

10:13am Mon 23 Dec 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Boris wrote:
ma.milden@gmail.com wrote:
Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
All churches are really wealthy but they cry poverty and expect funding from organisations like the Heritage Lottery fund. In my opinion lottery funding should go towards things like the Air Ambulance!
No they are not wealthy at all. Do you not go to church? How strange if you don't. maybe you should go and see and offer support instead of being critical. Yes of course Air Ambulance deserves to have funding and should be readily available to them.
The Heritage Lottery Fund is for historic buildings, and quite right too. Someone needs to tke care of them. Nobody asks Say It to contribute to it. He can dedicate all his spare cash to the Air Ambulance, as many people already do. And with Gift Aid he can make his gifts go further.
Boris, I do donate to Air Ambulance and to charities like Headway who deserve all the funding they get. Without both a close family member may not be with us this Christmas. Somehow we have got our priorities wrong in using lottery funding to repair churches when the church authorities could well afford it from their own reserves.

Merry Christmas to everyone.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ma.milden@gmail.com[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: All churches are really wealthy but they cry poverty and expect funding from organisations like the Heritage Lottery fund. In my opinion lottery funding should go towards things like the Air Ambulance![/p][/quote]No they are not wealthy at all. Do you not go to church? How strange if you don't. maybe you should go and see and offer support instead of being critical. Yes of course Air Ambulance deserves to have funding and should be readily available to them.[/p][/quote]The Heritage Lottery Fund is for historic buildings, and quite right too. Someone needs to tke care of them. Nobody asks Say It to contribute to it. He can dedicate all his spare cash to the Air Ambulance, as many people already do. And with Gift Aid he can make his gifts go further.[/p][/quote]Boris, I do donate to Air Ambulance and to charities like Headway who deserve all the funding they get. Without both a close family member may not be with us this Christmas. Somehow we have got our priorities wrong in using lottery funding to repair churches when the church authorities could well afford it from their own reserves. Merry Christmas to everyone. Say It As It Is OK?

3:29pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Scottydog220 says...

Whilst I am all for preserving historic buildings, I fully agree with the previous comments questioning why an organisation as wealthy as the Church of England recieves financial help for such things, at the expense of other less well off causes.
The Cof E has over £5.2 billion of investments (plus an additional pension fund of over £1 billion) which is just one of its income streams. It also already recieves an annual chunk of taxpayers money specifically for building repairs........"On 17 May 2012 The Church of England welcomed an agreement with the Government over the future funding of alterations and repairs to its 12,500 listed buildings, providing an extra £30 million a year on top of the £12 million already granted by the Government to The Church of England in the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme (LPWGS)."
I am not anti Cof E (or anti any religion) but feel they should use their own money (after they have spent the £42 million of taxpayers money) to repair their own buildings, and that claiming poverty in order to recieve Heritage Lottery Funding, is basically fraud and not very Christian !!
There must be thousands of buildings of equal or greater importance out there that need funds for repairs and maintainence which are not owned by such large and wealthy organisations.
Whilst I am all for preserving historic buildings, I fully agree with the previous comments questioning why an organisation as wealthy as the Church of England recieves financial help for such things, at the expense of other less well off causes. The Cof E has over £5.2 billion of investments (plus an additional pension fund of over £1 billion) which is just one of its income streams. It also already recieves an annual chunk of taxpayers money specifically for building repairs........"On 17 May 2012 The Church of England welcomed an agreement with the Government over the future funding of alterations and repairs to its 12,500 listed buildings, providing an extra £30 million a year on top of the £12 million already granted by the Government to The Church of England in the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme (LPWGS)." I am not anti Cof E (or anti any religion) but feel they should use their own money (after they have spent the £42 million of taxpayers money) to repair their own buildings, and that claiming poverty in order to recieve Heritage Lottery Funding, is basically fraud and not very Christian !! There must be thousands of buildings of equal or greater importance out there that need funds for repairs and maintainence which are not owned by such large and wealthy organisations. Scottydog220

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