Rev Sheila Bridge says that many local people have been hugely supportive of the church’s efforts to reopen this door. “Many people have old family photos of weddings or christenings taken on the steps into church. But it’s not just about memories, the bricked up entrance has given the impression that we are closed, whereas in fact we are a very active and useful resource for our local community.”
Last year, the church was enabled to install new toilets thanks to a grant from WREN. This year, the next stage of improvements to the building has begun, thanks to a grant of £75,000 from Veolia Environmental Trust. These improvements will also include internal rearrangements and new storage facilities as well as new paths around the outside of the building improving disabled access. The work is being carried out by local contractor Symons and will, hopefully be finished by the end of June.