Welcoming new dawn for church

Vicar, Richard Burge members of the All saints church, Roberttown, welcome the public to see the changes made to the church after thousands of pounds was spent on improving its facilities. (d14031142)
Vicar, Richard Burge members of the All saints church, Roberttown, welcome the public to see the changes made to the church after thousands of pounds was spent on improving its facilities. (d14031142)
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ROBERTTOWN Church threw open its doors to the public on Saturday - to unveil the fruits of several years’ labour.

Parishioners at All Saints Church have spent the last few years tirelessly fund-raising to re-vamp the facilities and make the building suitable for community use.

They have also enjoyed great support from the village as a whole and beyond, with individuals and businesses supporting the venture which has seen a new kitchen and toilet installed.

The parishioners have been enjoying the facilities for the last few weeks and at the weekend they held an open day so everyone could come in and see the newly refurbished facilities for themselves.

The Rev Richard Burge, who recently arrived as Priest in Charge of the Parishes of Hartshead, Roberttown and Scholes as well as Priest in Charge Designate of St Barnabas, praised the dedication of all involved in the project.

“At the back of the church we have an area which is used for meetings,” he explained.

“It was badly in need of updating and so the people of the church got together and set about making that happen.

“This group of people has worked incredibly hard to co-ordinate the project, organise fund-raising events and apply for grants.

“And because of the cost involved they have been asking people in the village if they would be willing to contribute.

“It was a massive initiative, but they’ve done it. It was an incredible feat by them and a wonderful response from the community. We now have a new kitchen, a safe balcony, new stairs going up to the balcony and a toilet with level access for disabled use.

“The open day was to say thank you to everyone for their support and to show them what they have helped us achieve.

“We had a lovely response from people in the village on the day and we also had people coming from other churches who are wanting to do similar things in their parishes. It’s changed the whole feel of the church and really opened it up for more community use.”

Visitors were given tours of the church and enjoyed refreshments.