Gloucestershire churches get share of £60,000

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Image caption Holy Innocents church in Highnam will receive £10,000 for improved visitor facilities

Some of the most "unique and historic" churches in Gloucestershire have been given an early Christmas present in the form of a share of £60,000.

Fourteen churches have been awarded Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust (GHCT) grants to help protect historic artefacts and improve facilities.

Chairman Nick Talbot Rice boasted the county had some of the "most beautiful and fascinating" churches in the world.

Cheques will be presented to individual churches over the next two months.

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Image caption Gloucester's New Testament Church of God will get £3,000 for new sound-proofing

Grants include £10,000 for visitor facilities at the Grade I-listed Holy Innocents church in Highnam.

The building is famous for its highly decorative wall paintings by artist Thomas Gambier Parry and links to his son Sir Hubert Parry, composer of Jerusalem.

A roof renovation at the Quaker Meeting House in Broad Campden, the oldest Quaker meeting house in the UK still in use, will be given £8,000.

Then building can trace its Quaker history back to 1663 and it has hardly been altered since.

The New Testament Church of God (NCTG) in Gloucester will receive £3,000 for sound-proofing.

Margaret Beason, NTCG ladies president, said the church is "beyond grateful" for the grant.

"I don't think the building was designed for our style of worship, we get quite exuberant," she said.

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