Church re­vamp ready

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A CHURCH has re-opened its doors in time for Christ­mas af­ter be­ing closed for six months to en­able a ma­jor £550,000 re­fur­bish­ment to be car­ried out.

In June, Holy Trin­ity Church in Wy­combe Road, Prest­wood, closed for ser­vices to al­low the makeover work to take place.

Since that time, the pews, al­tar, or­gan and other fit­ments have been re­moved and the floor dug out and re­laid, in­cor­po­rat­ing un­der­floor heat­ing and tiling.

Elec­tri­cal cir­cuits have been re­placed, new light­ing in­stalled, and a toi­let and kitchen fa­cil­i­ties fit­ted.

A new al­tar and or­gan are in place, as well as new seat­ing, in the form of chairs and bench pews.

Out­side a ramp has been built to the main en­trance and there will be light­ing along the path from the Lych Gate to the church.

At the same time, the yew trees along the paths have been re­duced in height to give bet­ter vis­i­bil­ity of the church.

The work was car­ried out by Edgar Tay­lor con­trac­tors of Buck­ing­ham and David Wick­ham and Nigel Bick­nell have project- man­aged the ac­tiv­i­ties on be­half of the church.

While the work was be­ing car­ried out, the main Sun­day ser­vice was held in Moat Lane In­fant School, with week­day ser­vices and the 8am Holy Com­mu­nion on Sun­days be­ing held in the Church Cot­tage.

The to­tal sum for all th­ese works is in the re­gion of £550,000, which was raised by gen­er­ous do­na­tions from lo­cal peo­ple, char­i­ta­ble trusts and sev­eral be­quests as well as many fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties within the vil­lage.

The church was re­con­se­crated by the Bishop of Buck­ing­ham at a ser­vice on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 10, fol­lowed by a cel­e­bra­tion party.

Reg­u­lar ser­vices re­turned to the church on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 13 at 8am and 9.30am.

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