Church revamp ready
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.