Re-awakening of St Mary Magdalene;  Supporting Newark’s Communities.

St Mary Magdalene Church, Newark, is awarded a grant of £209,000 by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to develop a scheme with a view to carrying out a wide range of repairs and renovations forming the “Re-awakening of St Mary Magdalene; Supporting Newark’s Communities” project.

The Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene has received initial support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for the “Re-awakening of St Mary Magdalene; Supporting Newark’s Communities” project, it was announced today.  Made possible by National Lottery players, the project aims to repair and renovate critical aspects of the Church.

Development funding of £209,000  has been awarded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to help St Mary Magdalene Church progress their plans to apply for a full National Lottery grant at a later date.

The project aims to re-roof the south nave and, at the same time, install 120 solar panels, install new electrical and lighting systems with new central heating, repairs to external masonry and stained glass, as well as re-ordering the south and west entrances and enclosing the north transept.   These works will improve the church environment to enable more community users to take advantage of this unique space in the centre of the town.  In particular the enclosure of the north transept will create a sound proofed room to enable groups of all ages to meet separately to other activities in the main church.  Technical work on the masonry and windows will enable the church to offer specific learning opportunities to young people interested in those skills.  

The Church of St Mary Magdalene has been a place of gathering and worship for the townspeople of Newark on Trent for over 800 years.   Situated, as it is, in the centre of the town adjacent to the historic market place, with its towering spire, it has acted as a beacon to Christians and others for many centuries.    The bequest by Archdeacon Thomas Magnus in 1530 continues to enable the church to offer a musical education, which is exceptional in the context of a market town parish church. 

Commenting on the award, Andrew Fearn, Church Warden,  said: “We’re delighted that we’ve received this support thanks to National Lottery players. The church has given the town a focus for Christian worship and community activities of many sorts.   It’s great to know that we are a step closer to preserving it for future generations.”

Notes to editors

The Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene, Newark in the parish of St Mary Magdalene with St Leonard, Newark.

Rector:  The Revd Chris Lion

Church Wardens:  Andrew Fearn and Tony Roberts

Church Walk, Newark, Notts, NG24 1JS

Tel: 01636 706473  /  Email: office@stmnewark.org


About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

National Lottery Heritage Fund grant applications over £250,000 are assessed in two rounds. The Re-awakening of St Mary Magdalene project has initially been granted round one development funding of £209,000  by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, allowing it to progress with its plans. Detailed proposals are then considered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund at second round, where a final decision is made on the full funding award of £1.9m.

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Since The National Lottery began in 1994, National Lottery players have raised over £43 billion for projects and more than 635,000 grants have been awarded across the UK.

Further Information

For further information, images and interviews please contact Andrew Fearn at St Mary Magdalene on 07887916042 / ajfearnnewark@hotmail.com.