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St Nicolas Pevensey: Fund Raising

The Parish Church of St Nicolas, Pevensey has appointed CSC to help raise funds to complete a restoration programme in time for events to celebrate its 800th anniversary in 2016, the same year as the village will be the focus of national attention marking the 950th anniversary of William the Conqueror's landing on Pevensey Beach.

As well as being a Place of Worship, the church is a Grade 1 listed building that receives many visitors from around the world and is one of the few community buildings in this rural village. It hosts community events throughout the year, is used by community groups as a base for their activities and is also used to host concerts and other artistic events.

After nearly 800 years of being lashed by the wind, rain and salt spray coming off the channel, St Nicolas Church was in an urgent state of disrepair. Phase 1 of the project on 2006/7 ensured that the building was now water tight, but the internal brickwork needed to dry out before the restoration programme could be completed. Now that this has been achieved, over £200,000 needs to be raised in order to repair and restore the internal masonry, replace the rusted window ferramenta, complete repairs to parts of the roof and undertake a number of smaller associated works.

CSC has prepared an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the necessary sum, but is also developing applications to other charitable bodies that support the Church of England, the preservation of historic buildings and the provision of community facilities in rural locations.

This twin track approach is intended to strengthen the Lottery bid by bringing in match funding, but it may also allow some work to be phased in early if the approach for Lottery funding is not successful.

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