Since 1309 Boston Stump has been an iconic landmark on the skyline of Lincolnshire, attracting the affection of local people and the admiration of visitors. It enjoys a reputation for high quality musical, cultural and worship events.
It is with delight that today we can announce that the Parish of Boston has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for their ‘Passion for People’ project. This project will develop St Botolph’s as a centre of heritage and cohesion and enable the telling of stories of Boston’s role in local and international history. Its interpretation of Boston’s heritage will enrich the life of the community and attract more visitors to the town.
Approximate figures are that St Botolph’s Church has been granted Development funding of £160,000, This is to progress plans to apply for a full grant of £1.2 million by the end of next year. The total cost of the project will be approximately £2.2 million: half of which will need to be raised by us in partnership funding.
Commenting on the award The Revd Alyson Buxton, The Team Rector of Boston said: “It is fair to say that we are all absolutely delighted that HLF has granted this award; it shows their confidence and commitment to the town of Boston. The enhanced role of St Botolph’s Church is key to the development and enrichment of the town. It is great to know that we are one step closer for us to play our part in realising all our dreams for Boston now and for the years to come.” Reverend Alyson commented that this had been a team effort and hoped that everyone would really get behind this exciting project for the future of St Botolph’s.
Jonathan Platt, Head of HLF East Midlands, said: “For nearly 700 years, St Botolph’s has stood at the heart of Boston, providing a welcoming space for local people as the town witnessed much social, cultural and religious change. Thanks to National Lottery players, this project will capture and share this remarkable story, alongside protecting some of the church’s most at-risk features so it can continue to play this important role for many years to come.”
Commenting on the award Matt Warman MP said: “I am delighted to hear that St Botolph’s Stage 1 HLF bid has been successful and will allow the Passion for People project to be further developed. The Stump has always been a beacon of welcome and acceptance in Boston and I am so pleased that the final project, if fully funded, will allow the church to move forward in the interaction and experience it offers to visitors and residents alike.”
Mayor of Boston, Councillor Stephen Woodliffe called on everyone in the community to get behind the project and to play their part in the work that lies ahead stating that this was not just for the future of St Botolph’s, but for the town of Boston also.