A COMMUNITY project to refurbish a church has received a financial boost from a trust fund.
St Andrew’s Church on Sealand Avenue, Garden City, has been awarded a grant of £40,000 by the Veolia Environmental Trust.
St Andrew’s Parochial Church Council (PCC) have been handed the money from the Landfill Communities Fund. It hopes to use it to create a building used for worship and a community space for groups, activities and events.
It is anticipated the enhancements will include an extension for disabled toilets, a new kitchen and a sliding partition to zone off the community area.
It is also planned to replace the church’s lighting and insulation, refurbish and upgrade the meeting room and resurface the car park.
St Andrew’s vicar, the Rev Steven Green, said: “This is great news for our project.
“The grant is very welcome and we look forward to working with the trust team to ensure our plans become real and benefit the community of Garden City and Sealand Manor.”
Closures of a chapel, snooker hall and library mean community space in Garden City is currently limited, according to community leaders and the trust.
The community centre in Sealand Manor has also closed, so pioneers of the church revamp hope the new facility will also benefit the neighbouring community.
The grant is one of 42 awarded by the trust in October to UK projects, totalling more than £1.3m.
In the past five years they have awarded £377,348 to community and environmental projects in Wales.
A Veolia Environment Trust project manager will now work with the PCC of St Andrew’s Church to confirm the scheme’s detail and draft the required documents so work can start as soon as possible.
Paul Taylor, executive director of the Veolia Environmental Trust, said: “This grant is a great example of how the trust and the Landfill Communities Fund makes a real difference to communities of all types across the UK.
“Every project is important to us and we look forward to seeing work start and the community space take shape.”