The restoration has gained two national awards. In November 2010 Graham Prior was presented by the Campaign to Protect Rural England award for outstanding voluntary work in the preservation and conservation of St Mary’s church and churchyard ‘to date’. A rare honour as these awards are normally only made for completed works.
Then on September 7th 2015 at the Palace Theatre London Graham and May Prior (see below) received the prestigious Historic England ‘Angel Award’ for the best rescue or repair of an historic place of worship from Andrew Lloyd Webber on behalf of the Friends of St Mary’s.
These Angel Awards are co-funded by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s foundation and sponsored by The Daily Telegraph. Among those in the front row was 85-year-old Harry Barker, a master carpenter who played a key role in the restoration.