The next phase of a £1 million project to improve facilities at Burwell’s St Mary’s Church got under way on Monday after two and a half years of fundraising and more than five years of planning.
A grant of £35,350 from not-for-profit business WREN which awards grants to community projects from funds donated to the Landfill Communities Fund, saw the target of £190,000 for the phase two of the Building to Serve project met ahead of schedule.
The money will be used for the installation of a new kitchen and toilets including one with disabled access.
The second stage of the project will also include an additional floor in the church tower which will be used for an office and a storage area and the two vestries will be refurbished to provide a meeting room and additional storage. Completion is scheduled for mid April.
“The fundraising efforts, over a relatively short period, have demonstrated the huge support we’ve received from many within the village as well as organisations such as WREN and we’re incredibly thankful to everyone involved in the appeal,” said the Rev Dr Eleanor Williams, Vicar of St Mary’s Burwell.