A MUCH-LOVED Oxfordshire church is set to get a Christmas funding boost.

St Michael and All Angels church in Clifton Hampden is to share in a £483,000 funding payout from the National Churches Trust.

The church will receive £10,000 from the National Churches Trust Cornerstone Grant which will help fund a project to recover the stone slate roofs of the Grade II listed building.

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Christopher Purvis, Church warden at St Michael and All Angels said: “Small churches such as ours face considerable challenges in maintaining the fabric. The support of the National Churches Trust is of the greatest importance in terms of both the valuable funding received and the encouragement and advice given.”

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Broadcaster and journalist Huw Edwards, Vice President of The National Churches Trust, said: “The UK's historic churches and chapels are a vital part of our national heritage and have done so much to help local people during the Covid-19 lockdown. But to survive, many need to carry out urgent repairs and install modern facilities. The cost of this work is far beyond what most congregations can pay for themselves.”