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Windows to the World

(St Mary’s Parish Church in partnership with DigVentures)


£400,000 Repairs and Heritage Interpretation Project awarded £320,500 Heritage Fund grant

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In 2020, we will be carrying out essential conservation work to the church:
·      Repairing the cracks through the Nave west wall (behind the organ) and repointing that wall.
·      Pointing the upper levels of the tower.
·      Conservation works to the stained glass windows, including the high level clerestory windows.
·      Other minor but urgent repairs to the roof parapets, the tower and part of the drainage channels. 


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Founded in 2012, DigVentures is a Barnard Castle based Social Enterprise committed to developing and delivering collaborative archaeology projects

The project will involve the wider community in the heritage of the church building and its place in local history, engaging the wider community in other aspects of the intertwined history of the town and the church.   There will be plenty of scope for the community to become involved through talks, workshops and volunteering.

In September 2018 the project was awarded initial National Lottery Heritage Fund support of £17,100. Made possible by National Lottery players, the first stage of the project was to develop plans for conservation, heritage interpretation and community involvement at the church. 

In June 2019, we were awarded a Heritage Fund grant of £320,500 towards the total project cost of £400,000, in order to carry out our programme of works and activities.   We are delighted that our grant application was successful. 

We have spent the second half of 2019 obtaining the necessary statutory permissions to carry out the works to the church building.  The Permission to carry out the works was granted just before Christmas. 

During the Autumn, our Architect, John Barnes, carried out a contractor tendering process for us.  We have accepted a tender which is within the budget available to us.

The final permissions step was obtaining the formal permission by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to start work.  This was received on 8th January 2020. 

DigVentures will start the programme of heritage engagement in early 2020 and this will continue through 2020.  Building works are scheduled to be carried out in the Spring and Summer of 2020.                              Updated 8th January 2020




This sign is a requirement of the grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.  The sign is to be located in a highly visible place in the church porch.  The sign stand is part of the grant scheme and is not to be taken or borrowed for any other purpose.