Six North Devon churches have received grants totalling more than £350,000 for vital roof repairs. The Government cash is especially good news for St Mary Magdalene Church in South Molton and Holy Trinity Church at Ilfracombe, which both get £100,000 each. St Hierithas Church at Chittlehampton receives £89,300 and the village Methodist Church £14,200, while St Lawrence at Sheepwash gets £96,000 and St Albans at Beaworthy £55,900. The money comes from the Governments Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Scheme. At South Molton, people in the town have already raised more than £50,000 since July last year towards its £250,000 roof appeal. This funding now means the church can begin to start planning the repair work with a view to starting in 12 months time. Church warden Bob Redwood said: We are over the moon; theres still quite a way to go but this will enable us to start making plans. The response from people has been incredible since we launched the appeal in July last year; we never thought wed get this far in just 12 months. Wed also like to be able to raise enough money to provide a toilet and catering area but the main thing is the roof without that the building could get to a stage where we are no longer able to use it at all.Exciting timeAt Ilfracombe, priest in charge Reverend John Roles said the grant would also enable repairs to start on the ancient parish church which reflected so much of the towns history. The grant comes at a very exciting time in the life of our parish, he said. We are about to officially open the restored Trinity Rooms as a high quality church and community venue. This was financed from our own resources and a generous bequest. Rev Roles said work on the restoration of the roof of St Peters Church in Highfield Road was also about to begin. St Peters Church is a youngster in comparison to Holy Trinity but is a fine example of Arts and Craft building techniques and a marvellously adaptable space for community events, he added. Recently we have played host to the Ilfracombe Academys GCSE and A level examinations. The appeal Make Your Mark on History which invites sponsorship of the 69,000 roof tiles for £1, continues. We hope that, on completion of our extensive restoration programme, all three of our buildings will be open and welcoming to the community we aim to serve. Click here to return to our homepage for more North Devon news.