Turf turning ceremony takes place ahead of £1 million work on Grantham church
A special ceremony has been held ahead of a £1 million build at a church on the edge of Grantham.
The turf turning ceremony at St John’s Church, Manthorpe, was led by vicar Father Stuart Cradduck, who was joined by parishioners and members of builders Clarke Group who are undertaking the work.
A new community hall is being built on to the west side of the church with new utility buildings to the north. There will also be a new parish office and a re-ordering and upgrading of the interior of the church.
The work has been made possible by a £1 million legacy left by parishioner Ina Hawley. Work is due to begin on September 2 and is expected to take up to 45 weeks to complete.
Meanwhile, a new automated external defibrillator will also be installed at the church. The life-saving machine is due to be fixed permanently to the church gate when an electricity supply is made available in the next few months. The church thanked the British Heart Foundation, Coun Ian Stokes and Larkfleet’s charity fund for their donations towards the defibrillator and researcher Peter Jones and parish councillor for helping to get it installed.
Chuchwarden Joan Lincoln said: “We pray we may never use it, but if we do it will be on our doorstep ready to put into action.”