Refurbishing Weaverham St Mary 2013


undefinedRe-ordering and refurbishing of the church hall at St. Mary's Ecumenical Church in Weaverham is about to start. Vicar Andrew Brown is pictured clearing out the last of long-stored bits and pieces from the building before the builders move it.

On Friday (6 December) Graham Evans, MP for Weaver Vale, is due to hand over the keys to the building contractor S.R. Williamson Ltd. of Sandbach.

The first phase of the project – which will cost about £320, 000 (nearly all raised already) – will give a new entrance, reception area, offices, toilets and kitchen. The main hall will be upgraded and the whole building will be made fully accessible.

When complete, the refurbished building will give St. Mary’s the opportunity to expand its work in the community and, working with other partners, to provide additional services for people who might need help. It will also provide affordable meeting spaces for local groups and special events.

The project – which will be followed by the building of a small extension to the building with an atrium (if fund-raising is successful) – has been helped by the local Methodists with whom the Weaverham parish is in partnership.

Funding for the improvements have been organised under the umbrella of The Lighthouse Project – inspired by the parish mission statement ‘Sharing the light and hope of Jesus with our community’. The money came from various sources including Cheshire West and Chester Council, Garfield Weston, WREN and The Veolia Environmental Trust. The latter two organisations have awarded the grants through the Landfill Communities Fund. Plus there was a generous bequest from former parishioner and Churchwarden, the late Bryan Livesley.

Vicar Andrew Brown said: “We are very grateful to our many friends and supporters who are helping to make our vision a reality. Every donation we have received will help us to achieve our aim to share love, care and hope with our community”.

A team of parishioners have been helping the project gather steam for some time now – including Mike Sanders, Churchwarden.