Galloway Churches given thousands in cash

Two Galloway churches have been awarded thousands of pounds from a £2.2m share of the UK government’s Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has announced.

The funding, which is part of the government’s Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund, will go to churches across the country which are in urgent need of repair to their roofs, gutters and stonework.

Glasserton Church will see £46,500 and Stranraer’s High Kirk will received £28,100.

The government is supporting 502 churches across the UK with this round of funding from the £55m Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund. The Chancellor has announced £30m funding for churches across the UK, and many more churches across the country will be able to benefit from the £25m second round of further funding, applications for which will open later in the year.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said: “Scotland’s churches are not just hugely important historic buildings – they are also living and breathing civic spaces. From my own experience in the Highlands, I know they are often at the centre of community life.

“That’s why I’m delighted that 42 churches across Scotland will be maintained for another century by £2.2m of repairs funded by the UK government, and that we’ve extended the scheme by an additional £40m at Budget to ensure that as many listed places of worship across the UK can benefit.”

This is on top of the £42m Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme, which has supported over 13,000 places of worship, and the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs fund which has already funded £13m grants to 46 cathedrals across England.