First phase of church facelift now complete

Celebrating the completion of phase one of refurbishment work at Heckington Methodist Church, from left - project manager Stuart Martin, committee members Gary Hilton, Trevor Bakewell and Charles Pinchbeck, Wendy Moore of Lincolnshire County Council, Nick Holden of Newman Moore, committee member Sandra Bakewell and Barry Young of Lincolnshire County Council
Celebrating the completion of phase one of refurbishment work at Heckington Methodist Church, from left - project manager Stuart Martin, committee members Gary Hilton, Trevor Bakewell and Charles Pinchbeck, Wendy Moore of Lincolnshire County Council, Nick Holden of Newman Moore, committee member Sandra Bakewell and Barry Young of Lincolnshire County Council

Eighty people attended a lunch to celebrate the completion of the first phase of work to refurbish Heckington Methodist Church.

The lunch, held at the church on Saturday, was followed by a special service of dedication attended by around 100 people.

The service was conducted by the Rev Ann Lett and the speaker was the Rev Bruce Thompson, chairman of the Lincolnshire Methodist District.

Work on the church has been divided into two phases. Phase one has included the provision of new toilets and a new kitchen area, where the vestry used to be, as well as a new porch and ramp to provide disabled access.

Work on phase one is expected to have cost in the region of £110,000.

The congregation has been busy fundraising for several years to contribute towards the cost, and the church has received substantial grant aid for the project, with grants provided by Lincolnshire County Council, North Kesteven District Council, Sleaford Methodist Circuit and Lincolnshire Methodist District, as well as from various 
charitable trusts and foundations.

In the new year the church will start to seek grant support for phase two of the refurbishment project, which will include the creation of a small meeting room and new vestry, new heating and a children’s area.