St Andrew’s Church refurbished thanks to community help

PUBLISHED: 13:00 01 October 2015

Cream teas in aid of Andrew House, The Glebe next St Andrews Church Clevedon.

Cream teas in aid of Andrew House, The Glebe next St Andrews Church Clevedon.

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More than £4,500 has been raised so far by a Clevedon church in support of a residential home in the town.

St Andrew’s Church in Old Church Road has been holding a number of events for Andrew House, which provides accommodation for men recovering from drug and alcohol abuse, after £150,000 of the facility’s funding was cut last year.

Andrew House residents have been repaying the church’s help over the past six months by assisting with its refurbishment, which has included a kitchen extension and café.

Lucinda Holdsworth, church member, said: “We felt the kitchen was too small, the loos needed an update and we needed a nicer entrance.

“We applied for funding, including from the Diocese of Bath and Wells, got a team together and did the work.

“Andrew House is very close to the church’s heart and a number of its residents worked on the project.

“They have been a huge help. They are skilled people and have been able to draw on skills they possibly haven’t used for a while.”

The church will also stay open every day for the benefit of walkers in Poets Walk and the café is likely to open for two weekends next month before potentially expanding.

It is also hoped that members of the community, including Andrew House residents, will be involved in the running of the café.

Other events are in the pipeline to raise further funds for Andrew House including a concert and an organ recital.


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