A historic local church is celebrating a cash boost which will preserve the building for future generations.

A Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of £68,400 has been announced for St Mary’s Church, Carew to make external fabric repairs and install new heating.

The project aims to carry out essential repairs mainly to the tower of the 14th century church and improve rainwater disposal.

The installation of new under-pew heating together with a new church guide and historical interpretation will help ensure a welcoming and comfortable environment for both current and new users from the wider community.

The Grade 1 Listed Building is of great historical importance in the county and the project will also include the production of new interpretation boards and guides outlining the heritage of the church and its links with Carew Castle

Priest-in-Charge of the Carew Group of Parishes, Revd Carolyn Wood said: “We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support. St Mary’s Church is of great importance in the community, due to its historic close links with Carew Castle.

“The support from the HLF will mean that link will continue, and also that we can continue to be the spiritual home and place of worship for the local community, preserving all of that heritage for this and future generations.”

Richard Bellamy, Head of HLF in Wales, added: “Wales’ historic and diverse places of worship are so often at the heart of our communities. Thanks to National Lottery players HLF funds urgent structural repairs and also improved facilities and visitor information. St Mary’s Church, Carew is an excellent example of how HLF can help conserve a much loved building so it can continue to serve its local community.’’