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Thursday, February 23, 2017
Lottery Funding cascades into churches
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¬†The Heritage Lottery Fund has given a grant of over £40,000 over two years to the Church of England Diocese of Lincoln to help fund a church tourism project which could involve churches of all denominations throughout the county. The Church Tourism Cascade Project aims to integrate both churches and the cathedral so that visitors to the cathedral will be encouraged to visit other churches in the diocese, and those travelling into the county to visit rural churches will be encouraged to visit the major churches and the cathedral. Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt. Revd. John Saxbee, was delighted with the grant describing the rich diversity of churches in Lincolnshire as a revelation. "Visit one and you somehow feel drawn to visit more. So this project is really good news for visitors and locals alike." The present Church Tourism Officer, Rosemary Watts explained that this is the first church tourism project to integrate all aspects of church tourism within a diocese. She added that the intention was that every visitor to a Cascade Project church will not only receive a high quality welcome, whether personally or through a free walkround leaflet, but will also be offered ideas for other churches to visit. Anne Jenkins, Heritage Lottery Fund's Regional manager for East Midlands said she hoped the innovative project would bring communities together to encourage greater numbers of visitors, including schoolchildren, to learn about the county's treasures. The Fund has made more than 8,100 grants worth over £1.9 billion to projects across the UK, including 81 grants in Lincolnshire worth a total of £11.4 million.
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