A much-loved North Yorkshire church is to share in a £323,687 funding payout from the National Churches Trust.

A £10,000 National Churches Trust Cornerstone Grant will help complete urgent repairs to the roof at the Grade II listed All Saints' church, Newton on Ouse, making the church watertight and preserving its historic fabric which will help remove the building from Historic England’s ‘Heritage At Risk’ Register.

Broadcaster and journalist Huw Edwards, Vice President of The National Churches Trust, said: “The UK's historic churches and chapels are a vital part of our national heritage. But to survive, many need to carry out urgent repairs and install modern facilities. The cost of this work is far beyond what most congregations can pay for themselves.”

“So I’m delighted that the church of All Saints, Newton On Ouse, is being helped with a £10,000 National Churches Trust Grant. The work on the urgent repairs to the roof will help secure the future of a historic building.”

A spokesperson for All Saints Church thanked the National Churches trust, saying without them “...it would have been extremely difficult to complete the essential works to the structure of this beautiful, historic, Grade II listed building.”

There has been a church in Newton on Ouse since Saxon times. The present church features a spire built on top of the very much older tower, which is the only remaining part of the church built 900 years ago. The project will support urgent repairs to the north aisle roof. In addition, repairs will be made to the upper stonework and re-leading windows in the building.

A total of 34 churches and chapels in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will benefit from the latest grants from the National Churches Trust, the charity supporting church buildings of all Christian denominations across the UK.

These grants are the first to be made in 2019 by the National Churches Trust. In 2018 the National Churches Trust awarded grants of £1.2 million to help 202 projects at churches and chapels around the UK.

Demand for funding from the National Churches Trust continues to grow, with 583 grant applications received in 2018, up from 473 grant applications in 2017, a 23% increase.

The Trust funds churches of all denominations throughout the UK. Applications for grants can be made online at:www.nationalchurchestrust.org/our-grants