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Church in line for facelift
9:00am Saturday 26th October 2013 in News
BRIDPORT’s United Church is set to undergo renovation work that could cost in excess of half a million pounds Internal changes to the landmark church, on East Street, have been planned since 2007 and final agreement has just been received from the Listed Buildings Advisory Committee.
Work is scheduled to begin in early 2014, if enough money can be raised and should be completed within the same year.
Cathy Moass, church secretary, said: “We are hoping to make it a more usable building for us as a church and for the rest of the community.
“Because of the location we are in and the position on East Street, we want to make it more usable and more efficient as a building, so that it can be used in a variety of different ways.”
Organisers have set the budget at £450,000 for the work excluding VAT and the church has been fundraising for years towards that goal.
They have also been applying for grants and will now put in even more applications following the approval from the LBAC.
Plans for further fundraising events are also in the pipeline and an open day on Saturday, October 26, will give people a chance to look around the church and also see the hard copies of the plans.
A new fire escape route and throughway to the main hall are to be installed and the current fixed pews will be replaced with flexible seating.
Installation of a modern, energy efficient heating system are also in the plans, as are a modern visual projection system and improvements to accessibility and facilities for disabled people.
The church will also undergo a facelift with redecoration and new carpet throughout.