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BBC appeal gives £200,000 boost to conservation projects

The overall winner of the viewer vote for series three, Chedham’s Yard in Warwickshire, was awarded £250,000 from the Restoration Fund and £750,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Chedham’s Yard required a smaller amount towards its restoration than the total raised by viewers, leaving a surplus to be awarded to the runners-up.

It was announced in the televised final of Restoration Village that any money left in the viewer vote fund would be available to the other finalists to apply for, and the successful candidates have been announced today.

Andrea Miller, Chair of the Restoration Fund, said: "We are delighted that a further four projects will benefit from the funds raised by viewers of BBC’s Restoration.

"The chosen organisations will use the money to fund a discrete, stand-alone project so viewers can see a tangible result from their generosity."

Restoration presenter Griff Rhys Jones added: "We have to thank the viewers again for their support for all the projects throughout the series of Restoration. They gave money too.

"It is great to see so much enthusiasm from so many right across the country. The money has gone where it was needed and where it will do great good."

The awards are as follows:

– Watts Gallery: £55,000 to fund its ongoing restoration plans
– Howsham Mill: £50,000 for emergency re-building work, allowing the mill to continue with the next stage of its restoration
– Cromarty East Church: £54,000 to conserve, display and interpret the unusual decorative features in the church.
– Dennis Head Old Beacon: £50,000 towards the restoration of the Beacon Tower and the attached former Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage

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