Grant will open church up to the community

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A Blackpool church is to receive a windfall grant to help pay for an extension to the front of the building.

Marton United Reformed Church has been awarded £5,000 from the National Churches Trust Community Grant to help fund the extension to include new meeting room, kitchen and toilets.

The move is designed to increase community use of the building.

A total of 41 churches and chapels in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will benefit from a £247,205 grants package from the trust, which helps fund church repairs.

Broadcaster Huw Edwards, who is vice-president of the trust, said: “I’m delighted that the future of Marton United Reformed Church is being secured by a the grant.

“In good repair and with the right facilities to allow greater use by local people, Marton United Reformed Church, will continue to play a vital role in the life and well-being of Blackpool for many, many years to come.”

As well as for worship, the building is used weekly for music lessons and organ recitals and also for meetings, concerts and occasional scouting activities.

At present there are no proper catering facilities and lack of toilets.

A new meeting room and kitchen with their own entrance will be created. Additional toilets including disabled and baby changing facilities as well as safe disabled access will also be built.

Once the work is finished the church hopes to provide early morning tea and coffee from parents dropping their children off at the primary school opposite. Other plans include a parent and toddler group, luch clubs and a jigsaw lending scheme.

In the future it is hoped the premises can be used by the police cadets and other nearby groups as a meeting place.

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