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Lottery blow for Beverley churches appeal

Dwindling National Lottery ticket sales have dashed hopes of a major cash award to fund restoration work at Beverley Minster and the town’s St Mary’s Church. The churches joined forces last year to launch the Two Churches: One Town campaign, with some 5 point 5 million pounds needed to restore crumbling stonework at St Mary’s and a similar sum to repair leaking roofs at the Minster.

Initially, it was hoped to attract a major cash injection from the National Lottery but project manager Gail Cahill says she’s now been advised that’s unlikely because reduced ticket sales has reduced the amount of money available in the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Beverley churches have been advised to concentrate on a series of smaller regional grant bids, rather than one larger national bid, to fund the work.