Church revamp is complete
PUBLISHED: 08:00 09 February 2015
AN AMBITIOUS project to raise £750,000 to revamp two of Portishead’s historic churches has come to an end, with all the work completed and an open day planned to say thank you to those who helped collect the enormous amount.
On February 14, both St Nicholas’ Church in Nore Road and St Peter’s Church in Church Road South will be open to give people the chance to see the finished work and learn more about the buildings’ history.
In 2012, Portishead Church of England was set the challenge of raising £750,000 to develop and restores its two churches to ensure they are both well-maintained and accessible, with good community facilities.
The challenge was first put to the congregation in February 2012 and over one weekend, £250,000 was pledged. Awareness of the campaign was then raised through ‘yarnbombing’ - which saw knitted garments wrapped around local landmarks, and another scheme in 2013 in which giant keys were placed all around Portishead.
Money was also raised by asking people to sponsor a tile on the new roof of St Nicholas’ Church, while grants were also given by the town council and the Big Lottery Fund. A legacy and partnership with Portishead United Reformed Church was also established.
As a result, St Nicholas’ Church has a new roof - ensuring its future for at least another 100 years, the stonework has been cleaned and the inside of the back of the church has been rearranged to create a community space which is now home to the Lighthouse Cafe.
At St Peter’s Church, a new kitchen and toilets have been installed and the inside of the building has also been rearranged to make it more practical. Children at St Peter’s Primary School have also created two new banners to use in the church.
The open day will run from 10.30am-3.30pm.
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