A FUND-RAISING appeal for a Wargrave church has broken the £200,000 mark.
The 21st Century Project aims to raise £500,000 for renovation work at St Mary’s Church in Station Road, including a £350,000 annexe.
Fund-raising began in November and enough money has already been raised to pay for all the interior work at the church.
On Saturday, more than 90 people took part in a quiz night at Woodclyffe Hall in High Street, which raised about £1,200.Organisers are now focusing their efforts on the annexe and hope to obtain planning permission from Wokingham Borough Council by the autumn.
The extension, which will also need approval from English Heritage and the Oxford diocese, will provide a meeting place for community groups such as the WI, who currently use the nearby Hannen Room.
Appeal co-ordinator Bob Austen Austen said: “When the annexe is built it will be great for Sunday morning children’s groups and as a meeting room not only for the church but the village too.
“The church is also in desperate need of toilets because at the moment people at funerals and weddings have to walk all the way to the Hannen Room. It’s not very satisfactory, especially with young children and the elderly.
“The toilets are part of the plans to go in the annexe, as well as kitchens so people can hold wedding receptions or wakes in there.” The next fundraising event will be June 28 when former ITN reporter Norman Rees will give a presentation called “Breaking news” at Woodclyffe Hall. The hall will also host an auction of promises on July 12.
For more information, call Mr Austen on 0118 940 3038 or visit www.wargravechurch.org.uk
To make a donation, send a cheque, made out to the church, to: St Mary’s Church, Mill Green, Wargrave, Berkshire, RG10 8EU.