North West Wales

Lottery money for St Elian's and St Cynfran's in Conwy

St Elian's Church in Llanelian yn Rhos
Image caption St Elian's dates back to the 13th Century

Two Conwy churches have been awarded almost £100,000 in lottery money to pay for essential repairs.

St Elian's Church in Llanelian-yn-Rhos and St Cynfran's in Llysfaen will use the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) cash to deal with damp problems.

The Reverend Manon Parry, rector of Llysfaen, said the £52,000 for St Cynfran's will safeguard its future.

St Elian's will receive £39,900, which will also be used to maintain the exterior of the building.

St Elian's is a double-naved church dating to the 13th Century and still possesses medieval windows, according to Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust.

It says there has been a church at Llysfaen since the 8th Century.

'Amazing'

Ms Parry said: "We at St Cynfran's are delighted with the news of the grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund which will go a long way in securing the future for this historic building serving the communities of Llysfaen, the Peulwys and Penmaenrhos."

Conwy council is also providing a contribution to help fund the "vital projects".

Llanelian rector, the Reverend Phil Atack said: "We're absolutely delighted.

"We've been waiting for months and you can never be sure that Heritage Lottery Fund applications will be successful, so to get an email confirming our award was amazing."

Jennifer Stewart, head of the HLF in Wales said: "We are thrilled that these grants will help secure the future of both buildings so that they can be enjoyed by present and future generations not just as a place of worship, but as a focus for community activity."

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