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Parson Drove church shows off new facilities

Summer fayre, Emanuel Church, Parson Drove. 
Organisers
left to right Peter Spriggs, Mike Brown, Sandra Goy, Roger Goy and Pam Williams

Contact Mike Brown 01945 700085 ANL-140806-165203009

Summer fayre, Emanuel Church, Parson Drove. Organisers left to right Peter Spriggs, Mike Brown, Sandra Goy, Roger Goy and Pam Williams Contact Mike Brown 01945 700085 ANL-140806-165203009

A church nearing completion of a £150,000 refurbishment showed off its modern, new facilities when it hosted its annual summer fayre.

Emmanuel Church in Parson Drove is undergoing a major transformation to make it a community venue fit for the 21st century.

Work started 20 months ago and improvements so far have included a new central heating system, a new kitchen area and toilet, a hot and cold water supply and new pews.

A two-level floor riddled with extensive dry rot has also been replaced with a single-level, insulated floor, and repairs have been carried out to the church windows.

One of the main improvements left to carry out is for the church to be re-roofed, although it is hoped the work will be finished within the year.

The work is being paid for through match-funded grants and money collected through fundraising.

Mike Brown, lay minister for the ministry team responsible for Parson Drove, Wisbech St Mary and Gorefield, said the summer fayre on June 7 gave some people the chance to have a look around the newly-refurbished Emmanuel Church for the first time.

Last year the event was held at the Village Hall while work was ongoing, and before that it was held at Southea Grange.

Mr Brown said: “Our main objective at this year’s event was to show people the church. It’s a real community facility now. It was before, but like many churches it wasn’t usable, but now it is.”

Around 500 people attended the fayre, and around £1,100 was raised for church funds.

Visitors also enjoyed a host of stalls selling everything from jewellery and cakes to crafts and plants, and refreshments.

“We were pleasantly surprised at just how many people came along,” said Mr Brown.

“It was a fantastic day.”

 

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