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Lottery windfall boosts churches

Posted on: February 26, 2002 2:31 PM
Related Categories: Scotland

Two Episcopal congregations are celebrating after receiving over £500,000 to benefit their churches and communities. St Catharine’s in Blairgowrie, Scotland, has just found out that it has been awarded £168,000 from the Lottery Community Fund while St John the Baptist, Dundee, has gained £354,338 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Both churches aim to provide facilities which will be of use to everyone in their communities.

St Catharine’s rector, the Revd Kenny Rathband, was ecstatic at the news saying, “It will be a fantastic boost for the area.” The lottery money will go towards a £270,000 project to transform the hall into a multi-purpose centre with disabled access. The congregation is also raising money towards the project, having generated £18,000 in just one year.

In Dundee, the money will be used to renovate the St John the Baptist Church and its halls. “It’s absolutely brilliant news, first of all for the congregation here and secondly for the wider impact it will have on the people of Stobswell.” said the Revd Joe Morrow.

The church already operates many community projects for all sorts of groups from ethnic minorities to the young and elderly of the area. The lunch club alone provides over 8000 meals every year to pensioners.

The grant amounts to almost 85% of the £421,700 cost of the project, which will involve the complete renovation of the church and its two halls as well as building an extension to link the three buildings. It is hope the work will be finished within 18 months and that the remaining sum of around £50,000 will be reached through fundraising.

Article from: Scottish Episcopalian