Snaith Priory wins National Lottery support

31st October 2017

Snaith DCC has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Snaith Priory Restoration & Outreach project, it was announced on Friday 27 October. Made possible by National Lottery players, the project aims to provide much-needed repairs to the 900-year old Priory, explore the rich heritage in this historic building, and engage the local community.

Development funding of £23,070 has also been awarded to help Snaith DCC progress their plans to apply for a full grant at a later date.

The project aims to carry out essential conservation work on the roof and stonework of the Priory. This is the first stage of a multi-stage project that will also bring exciting opportunities for community use and engagement. The rich heritage of both the Priory and the local area will also be exploited to make the Priory a memorable place to visit. Local resources will be used where possible, and much of the work will provide opportunities for volunteers to become involved and develop their skills.

The building dominates the main street in Snaith, and has been in the town for over 900 years. As such a large building, it is already used for many local events, but this project will concentrate on finding the best use of the Priory for all who want to enjoy its facilities.

Commenting on the award, Rev Eleanor Robertshaw said: “We’re delighted that we’ve received this support thanks to National Lottery players. The church has been a focal point in the town for the past 900 years, and it’s great to know that we are a step closer to preserving it for another century.”

Notes to editors

About (Snaith DCC)

Snaith District Church Council is responsible for managing the upkeep and use of St Laurence Priory in Snaith. It is chaired by Rev Eleanor Robertshaw. The bid for the grant was prepared by Rev Robertshaw and a team of volunteers, none of whom are churchgoers, over a period of two years.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Grants for Places of Worship applications are assessed in two rounds.  A first-round pass is given when HLF has endorsed outline proposals and earmarked funding. A first-round pass may also include an immediate award to fund the development of the project. Detailed proposals are then considered by HLF at second-round and as long as plans have progressed satisfactorily and according to the original proposal, an award for the project is confirmed.

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife.  Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #HLFsupported

For further information please contact Paul Robertshaw, Heritage Restoration Project Coordinator on 07766 250886 or email

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