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LOCAL company Foster Property Maintenance has got on board with a centre of art and spirituality in Wisbech.

Father Paul West, who used to head the National Art School in Australia before becoming a priest, had a vision for an artists’ lodge in the town that would attract artists from around the world and give local children an opportunity to create art.

FPM installed a new kitchen in the lodge between St Peter’s Church and the vicarage as part of making that dream a reality.

The company will also be maintaining the gardens and providing handyman support as part of a community partnership with the project.

Father Paul’s ‘artist in residence’ scheme received financial backing in the form of a £100,000 grant from the National Church Council earlier in the summer and the centre has really taken off.

Artists will live in the lodge for up to two weeks and set up a personal studio space to show local children how they develop their work. Youngsters will also be able to get involved with practical workshops.

Tim Drake, FPM contracts manager, said: “We are delighted to have built a partnership working with a worthwhile cause that helps the next generation become proud of their local area.”