Church celebrates tin hut’s big revamp

SPACIOUS KITCHEN: Lorraine Brand, Sheila Lawrence, Jane Sivers, Rebecca Parnell, Mary Stone, Mavis Stancer, and children Sadie and Layla Sivers. SG210813-113NG
SPACIOUS KITCHEN: Lorraine Brand, Sheila Lawrence, Jane Sivers, Rebecca Parnell, Mary Stone, Mavis Stancer, and children Sadie and Layla Sivers. SG210813-113NG
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A churchroom known as “the tin hut” has been transformed beyond recognition in an £80,000 revamp.

Work at St John the Baptist Churchroom, in Whaplode Drove, is nearing completion and a celebration is planned for Saturday, September 14 with an official opening by South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes.

Revamped churchroom.

Revamped churchroom.

Work has seen projects such as replacement of galvanised steel walls and the roof with plastisol sheets and insulation, restoration of the large, north-facing window and installation of new kitchen inside a portable cabin.

Liz McRoberts, from the churchroom, said regulars who prepare Saturday lunches can’t wait to get to work.

She said: “The kitchen includes twice as much worktop area as the old one, a new two-oven cooker kindly donated by some parochial church council members, much more cupboard space, a handwash basin and more.”

None of the work could have been done without a £50,000 grant from the waste recycling organisation, WREN, that awards funds from FCC Environment.

FCC spokesman Mike Snell said: “The refurbishment of this historic building, which has been awarded by WREN, will create a real hub for the people of Whaplode Drove and surrounding area to use and enjoy for years to come.”

The public are invited to view the churchroom from 2pm-4pm on September 14.