National lottery money for the Newport minister
St Thomas’s Square Church will share part of a £ 14million grant to businesses, buildings and organizations across the UK.
The aim is to help more people from diverse backgrounds connect to UK landmarks, the National Lottery Heritage Fund has said.
Other projects include creating an alternative to the 115 Marquis of Anglesey Column Steps in Anglesey, North Wales.
An accessible walkway and a canopy viewing platform will be built there.
The largest church in Newport is believed to have been named around 1175, when a chapel was dedicated to St Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury.
He was declared a saint in 1173.
The current building was built later.
In 1854, Prince Albert laid a foundation stone dedicated to Thomas Becket and Thomas the Apostle.
Sts Thomas was consecrated a minister in 2008.
He received a number of other grants this year, including £ 30,000 from the National Churches Trust.
Ros Kerslake, Managing Director of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Heritage has a crucial role to play in contributing to a more equal society, and throughout the pandemic we have seen the value it can bring to people. people, communities and economies.
“We believe that everyone should be able to benefit from our funding, regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, faith, class or income.
“This is why every project we fund must ensure that as many people as possible can be involved and we remain committed to this as we recover from the coronavirus crisis.”