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‘Making Our Heritage Live’




St Swithun’s Church, Long Bennington, Parochial Church Council (PCC) is pleased to announce that, after a detailed Design and Tendering Process, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has confirmed an award of £142,800 towards a project to undertake essential structural repairs to the Church building.  This large key, enabling, award is supported by much smaller awards from the PCC and 2 other bodies.


The project works will: undertake internal and external repairs to the North Aisle Wall and the East Chancel Wall, and improve associated drainage; in addition, repairs will be made to the Chancel Roof Supporting Beams and the whole area will be re-roofed.  The works will commence early next month, and take 5 months to complete.


The PCC would like to express its sincere thanks to the HLF, and to all players of the National Lottery, whose generosity has enable these essential repairs to the Church to be undertaken. 




A Church in the village Long Bennington is mentioned in the Doomsday Book, ‘The Great Survey’, ordered by William the Conqueror, and completed in 1086.  The current Church dates back to 1175, and the previously attached Cistercian Priory to 1150. The last major rebuild of the building was undertaken between 1900 and 1902.  


Some three years ago the PCC embarked on a range of projects to repair the Church, its surrounds, and its facilities with the aim of sustaining its ministry and place in the local community for many years to come.   A new Church Path and associated lighting was installed over the summer of 2017, whilst a major restoration of the Organ was completed around a year ago and new internal lighting was installed at the end of 2018. 




‘Whilst I will probably never personally win a large amount on the Lottery, it feels like the whole community has just had a major win.’

Phil Owen, Long Bennington Resident.


‘St Swithun’s Church has been a presence in the lives of the people of Long Bennington for hundreds of years and it is our responsibility to ensure that this continues for hundreds of years more.  We are grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for their assistance in helping to maintain this beautiful building for future generations’.

Sylvia Andrews, Authorised Lay Minister.


‘Without the funds from those who play the Lottery, the village could have lost its Church, due to lack of repair.  We cannot afford to lose its presence and influence in the village, and the many events that the PCC organizes. ’

Mollie Gardiner, Long Bennington Resident.






‘This is not just an award to the Village Church, it is also one which will benefit the whole community over the coming years.  The Parish Council is most grateful to all Lottery Players who have made this important award possible, and thereby helped to sustain the local way of life for many years to come.’

Gareth Dawkins, Chair Long Bennington Parish Council.


‘The best news that the PCC has had for many years, and a great start to 2019.’

Parochial Church Council Member.


‘St Swithun’s Church is a community facility, celebrating all life events, Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals, as well as hosting special concerts, displays and talks.  As such it is fantastic that the whole community, through playing the lottery, has contributed to repairing the building so that we can be here for another 1000 years’.

Rev’d Harriet Orridge, Vicar St Swithun’s Church.



Rev Harriet Orridge.

Saxonwell Vicarage,

77a Church Street,

Long Bennington,

NEWARK, Notts. NG23 5ES.  Tel: 01400 281281.  


February 2019.            


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