Sealand church marching on with big restoration


David Humphreys

THE FIRST phase of a £100,000 renovation project has begun on a 147-year-old church.

St Bartholomew’s Church in Sealand is to undergo an overhaul ahead of its 150th anniversary in 2017. Work is already underway ahead of the big milestone.

Launched by the church in 2012, project On The Job @ Sealand was put together in attempts to improve the facilities at the church and grow the congregation, increase income and further its commitment to community outreach.

Thanks to a grant from regeneration body Cadwyn Clwyd, engineers have now begun renovating the lighting around the church. That work is expected to last about four weeks.

Church warden Jennifer Watson said: “We’ve been given permission to break everything down in to three job-lots.

“Work on the lighting started last week and we’re delighted to see the wheels in motion.

“This will help to light both the exterior and interior as well as dropping our running costs.”

The lighting renovations are just the first step in improving the church after a survey carried out in May 2012 identified a whole host of areas in need of development.

New kitchen and toilet facilities, as well as improved heating, have been identified as key improvements to increase attendances, something Mrs Watson said was the next step forward.

“Underfloor heating looks like the way we’re going to go next. And there’s no insulation in the building,” she added.

New toilets and kitchens are expected to cost £31,140, with £70,000 needed to provide better heating in the church.

Now the battle is on to get more funding.

“At the moment, we can’t draw families in because we have no toilet facilities and a limited kitchen,” added Mrs Watson.

“By upgrading these, we will get people spending longer with us and hopefully increase the amount of community events.

“People expect certain standards and these will help us reach those.

“We’re looking now for extra sources of funding.”

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