£80k ‘tin hut’ work starts

Celebrations Start: Church workers and builders throw their hats in their air as work starts at the 'tin hut'. Photo: SG040413-112NG
Celebrations Start: Church workers and builders throw their hats in their air as work starts at the 'tin hut'. Photo: SG040413-112NG

A tiny church known as “the tin hut” will get an £80,000 face-lift over the next four months.

The hardworking parochial church council (PCC) for the Churchroom at Whaplode Drove has been planning and fundraising for the project over the last three years and joined builders CCS on site as scaffolding went up.

Almost £75,000 has been raised so far but another £5,000 is needed and the PCC hopes it can reach its target with donations from well-wishers.

Work will see:

l Replacement of galvanised steel walls and the roof with plastisol sheets and insulation

l Replacement of external timbers with UPVC

l A concrete ramp to the new disabled access door

l Restoration of the large, north-facing window

The next milestone this month or next is the installation of a new portable cabin with a kitchen.

The bulk of the cash, £50,000, came from the waste recycling organisation WREN.

WREN managing director Peter Cox said: “WREN is committed to funding projects that make a real difference to local communities.

“The refurbishment of St John the Baptist Churchroom, Whaplode Drove, will return this historic building to being at the heart of the village for everyone in the surrounding area to use and enjoy for years to come.”

Donations totalling £11,500 came from Whaplode Parish Council, Trustees of Whaplode Drove Chapel Land Charity, Lincolnshire Cooperative and Whaplode Drove Country Fair Committee.

The church itself has raised £13,000, including donations.

Liz McRoberts, from the churchroom, said it was really exciting to see work start and the upgrade “will benefit everyone in the local area”.