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Listed building scheme gives English churches a new lease of life

Government-funded initiative allows almost 400 buildings to be repaired and maintained

Almost 400 listed churches in England have been patched up against the ravages of time and weather over the past two years, under a government pilot scheme to protect treasured historic buildings.

The churches in Greater Manchester and Suffolk have been given expert advice and grants for repairs, maintenance and ideas for wider community involvement as part of a £1.8m pilot funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and run by Historic England.

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