Church launches £20k facelift drive

Rev Robert Sheard and wife Heather at Spalding United Reformed Church where a �20,000 fundraising drive has been launched to redecorate the church. Photo: SG020512-124TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
Rev Robert Sheard and wife Heather at Spalding United Reformed Church where a �20,000 fundraising drive has been launched to redecorate the church. Photo: SG020512-124TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
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Members of a Spalding church built in the 19th century have launched a £20,000 fundraising effort to give it a facelift.

A community lunch at Spalding United Reformed Church (URC), Pinchbeck Road, on Sunday was the start of a series of events to raise money towards the church’s first major makeover in 30 years.

Groups including the Marching Ambassadors, 345 Playgroup, Girls’ and Boys’ Brigades use the church which was built in 1821 and leaders hope the community will support the improvement project.

Church treasurer Maralyn Robinson said: “It’s a building that’s used by other groups and everybody comments on how nice it is.

“We want to revamp the main area so that it’s bright and nice to be in.

“The idea is to have one special event a month, in addition to our normal fundraising activities that keep the church going.

“Our members think it’s a good thing to do and there’s a strong feeling that it’s something to work towards.”

A decision to revamp the church was taken by members at a meeting in February and fundraising events being lined up include a swing jazz concert, ukelele orchestra and a performance by Spalding women’s group A Handful of Harmonies.

It is hoped the work will start within the next two years provided the fundraising target is met.

The Rev Robert Sheard, minister of Spalding URC, said: “Our church has played an important part in the town and we want it to continue to be a community resource.

“It’s funny the amount of people who say there were married here, even though they don’t attend the church.

“We want the community of Spalding to support the events we’re planning and make a donation if they can.”