Benwick church due to open

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CHURCH-goers in Benwick will have a new place to worship at the end of the month when the long-awaited church finally opens its doors.

It has been seven long years since the village had a proper church, after the Wesleyan Chapel had to close for safety reasons.

But on August 26 at 3pm, the first service in the new church will take place, launching a new era in the history of Benwick’s churches.

The Friends of Benwick Church raised over £100,000 towards the cost of developing the existing village hall to create a new home for the church. This was matched by Fenland District Council to meet the £200,000 cost of the extension.

The lack of a church saw worshippers meet in the meeting room of the village hall and services had been cut to twice a month in recent times.

In addition to creating the church, the project also saw improvements to the hall itself, including a new roof and installation of solar panels.