Village church gets £12,000 refurbishment

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A CHURCH has been handed a £12,000 refurbishment grant.

East Boldon Methodist Church has been given the SITA Trust award in a bid to boost its community activities.

A total of £12,199 will be spent on rewiring, damp proofing, re-plastering and decorating its community hall.

The move follows a failed electrical inspection at the venue.

Reverend Andrew Palmer, minister of the church, said that although the building was watertight, there were other areas that needed attention.

After the rewire, the hall, which is used for a range of community activities including a dance school and table tennis club, would also need redecoration.

“After the work is completed, the community rooms will be much safer and more pleasant to use, and we will be able to continue to serve the local community,” he said.

SITA, a recycling and resource management company, delivers waste and environmental projects to 12million residents and 40,000 business customers.

It manages millions of tonnes of waste through recycling, composting, and landfill sites.

It also generates more than 700,000 megawatt hours of electricity from its gas and energy-from-waste facilities.

Marek Gordon, of SITA, said: “We are delighted to have been able to support this project through the Landfill Communities Fund.

“This important source of funding has been available since 1997.”