The vicar of recently-rejuvenated Hull Minster has told Premier...
Hull Minster secures almost £100,000 from Lottery Fund
Hull Minster has been awarded £97,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Thanks to National Lottery players, the future of the Grade I listed church and its rich heritage may be secured with the Resilient Heritage Grant.
Rev Canon Dr Neal Barnes, vicar of Hull Minster, said in a statement: "The activities that result from this very welcome funding will be compatible with, and sympathetic to, the Minster's historic setting in Hull's Old Town and our responsibility to be an active and growing church.
"Our ambition is that the church's heritage will be well maintained and self-sustainable and that our conservation needs are supported and funded, contributing to the quality and growth of Hull's visitor economy."
The grant is also expected to help strengthen the ability of the church, its staff and volunteers to reach heritage tourism visitors through new activities.
The lottery funding follows the second phase of the church's £4.5m development project being completed. A space for worship and cultural, artistic, community and corporate events was created by opening up the Nave.
Hull Minster's Parochial Church Council (PCC) submitted the bid for the grant.
PCC chair John Lawson said: "We're delighted to receive this funding, which will support a range of activities to assist our sustainable growth, as a place of worship and a community hub, while enabling us to capitalise upon the church's amazing heritage.
"This grant will also enable us to identify ways to enhance the recruitment, training and development of volunteers so we can welcome more visitors."
Hull Minster - which is England's largest parish church, was built by Edward I over 700 years ago for people to worship in and use as a community hub.
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