A 12th-century church will receive a share of a £280,000 windfall from the National Churches Trust for urgent repairs to its tower.

The £15,000 grant will help fund repairs to the church tower at the grade II* listed St Mary the Virgin church in Burghill.

Broadcaster and journalist Huw Edwards, vice president of The National Churches Trust, said the cost of work needed for the survival of most churches is far beyond what they can afford.

"I'm delighted that the St Mary the Virgin Church, Burghill, is being helped with a £15,000 National Churches Trust Grant," he said.

"The work on the repairs to the church tower will help secure the future of an historic building."

The repairs to the 19th Century church tower is phase one of a larger project to repair the medieval porch and improve toilet and kitchen facilities within the church.

A heritage day of music and poetry is being held on September 14, where the tower will be also be open to the public with an opportunity to have a go at ringing the bells.