Work has started on major improvements to the buildings of ChristChurch in Finkin Street.
Phase one of the work is under way in which the kitchen will be upgraded, access to the halls improved and modern toilets and disabled facilities provided.
The phase one work has been made possible with a £40,000 grant from WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Limited) so the church can be used more widely by groups and individuals in the town and surrounding area.
ChristChurch Minister the Rev Jane Campbell said: “After many years of prayer and planning, we are delighted that the grant from WREN, together with other funders and our own local fund-raising has enabled the refurbishment to be started. We look forward to providing comfortable and easily accessible premises for the groups who currently use our halls and for new groups looking for meeting space in Grantham town centre.”
It is hoped work on the hall will be finished by the end of August.
Meanwhile the fund-raising continues because there are plans to improve the space at the back of the church and refurbish the stonework and windows of the church which is a listed building. One aim is to improve the performance and rehearsal space in the church which is already used by a number of local arts groups.
WREN representative Cheryl Raynor, grant manager for the area, said: “I am delighted the local advisory panel recommended that this project be funded. WREN have recently seen the completion of a number of projects in Grantham and I am sure the local community will benefit from the improvements.”
The architect’s plans for the building are available to see in the church.