THE future of St Michaels and All Angels church in Kingsland, Herefordshire, has been secured thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, National Churches Trust and Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust, among others.

The Grade I Listed church, which dates back to 1290 and was built by Maud de Braose of the powerful Mortimer family, is at risk with water coming in, the roof in poor condition and weathered stonework.

The success of the fundraising by Hannah Vernon and Kingsland PCC means that the 14th Century stained glass, Medieval features, Grade II listed tombs, stunning Volka Chapel and unique history will be secured for the future.

Local heritage contractors, Treasure and Son, are already on site and have secured the building before the delicate work of removing the East window for restoration begins.

As part of the Familiar Treasure in our Midst project, community engagement coordinator, Liz Niven, will be running events and activities in the pretty village of Kingsland.

These include heritage tours, craft sessions and wildlife recording. All activities will be free and open to all.

Reverend Julie Read, vicar of St Michaels and All Angels, said: “I am delighted that the project has started and already the activities are underway.

"We look forward to inviting you explore the heritage with events over the next three years, something for everyone and by the end of the year to see the restored building.”

Anne Jenkins, director, England, Midlands & East at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Thanks to National Lottery Players, we are delighted to award Kingsland Parochial Church Council with a grant of £500,000 that not only carries out urgent repairs, but will also welcome new visitors, meaning this important heritage will resonate with the community for years to come.”

If you would like to be involved as a volunteer, or to find out more, contact community engagement officer, Liz Niven via