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Funding boost for Little Thurlow monument to former mayor of London

The monument to Lord and Lady Soame and their 11 children ANL-150911-140202001
The monument to Lord and Lady Soame and their 11 children ANL-150911-140202001

Money partly generated from the sale of pizzas will be used to help restore a 400-year-old monument in the church in Little Thurlow.

The monument in the Church of St Peter dates back to 1622 and was created in honour of the former Lord Mayor or London and Little Thurlow resident, Sir Stephen Soame, his wife, Lady Jane Soame and their 11 children.

St Peter’s Parochial Church Council has been successful in receiving grants or promises of funding to cover the £12,000 costs from The Allchurches Trust, The Francis Coales Charitable Foundation, The Mercers’ Company Charitable Foundation, The Worshipful Company of Weavers, The Leche Trust, The Dulverton Trust, The Cathedral and Church Buildings Division (Churchcare), and The Veneziana Fund.

The rector of the Benefice of Stourhead, Rev Derek Hollis, said: “We are pleased gratefully to acknowledge funding from all of these bodies.

“The last of these listed, the Veneziana Fund, receives funds from the sale of Pizza Veneziana at restaurants belonging to Pizza Express.”

Rev Hollis added that the Veneziana Fund gives 50 per cent of its net receipts to The Venice in Peril Fund.

The remaining 50 per cent is available within the UK for grants for fixtures and fittings of such buildings constructed/fitted before 1750 and/or including the preservation, restoration, repair and maintenance of works of art made before 1750.

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