Thursday, 09 December 2021

Church annexe appeal hits £165,000 mark

AN appeal for a new annexe at St Mary’s Church in Wargrave has broken the £165,000

AN appeal for a new annexe at St Mary’s Church in Wargrave has broken the £165,000 mark.

The extension at the Station Road church will contain two meeting rooms, a café and toilets and there will be access to the north porch of the church.

This will provide a meeting place for community groups such as the Women’s Institute, which currently use the nearby Hannen Room.

The design has been approved by the Oxford diocese, Wokingham Borough Council and English Heritage.

The annexe is part of the second phase of the church’s 21st Century project, which will cost about £400,000.

The first phase of work, which cost £160,000, included improvements to the interior of the church, a new sound system and a crèche.

The other part of the second phase involves  installing a power supply and completing interior work and furnishings.

Appeal co-ordinator Bob Austen said: “The appeal is in full swing and we are applying for grants from various trusts to help swell the total.

“The church and village communities have been very generous in their giving and with the addition of the income from our grant applications, we are hopeful of achieving our goal.”

Fund-raising events have included a quiz night and talks from local celebrities such as former ITN newsreader Norman Rees. 

The annual St Mary’s concert, held in November, also raised money for the appeal.

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