St Andrew’s church, Coston is in rural north-east Leicestershire. It is a very small community with just a handful of houses around an ancient parish church, although earthworks show there was once a substantial village here.

The church recently lost part of its roof to lead thieves. The damage caused this Grade 1 listed building to be placed on English Heritage’s ‘Heritage at Risk’ register. Unless the roof could be repaired, this building which has stood at the heart of the community for centuries was at risk of closure.

A National Lottery Heritage Fund grant has now been agreed, and as part of that application we are working with the community to help them to research the history of this building, and other aspects of the community’s history, and to create displays for open days in 2021 and beyond.