Church gets set for of­fi­cial re­launch fol­low­ing re­vamp

Evening Express (City Final) - - UK & Abroad - By Peter David­son

A NORTH-EAST church is set to of­fi­cially re­open next month fol­low­ing a £400,000 ren­o­va­tion.

Marycul­ter Trin­ity Church has un­der­gone a com­plete facelift, which has taken just over a year.

Work on the church started in Septem­ber last year to merge the main church and hall in a bid to cre­ate a larger space and bring the build­ing into the 21st Cen­tury.

How­ever, un­fore­seen prob­lems cropped up along the way, push­ing back the hoped-for com­ple­tion date in spring this year.

Rev Melvyn Grif­fiths, min­is­ter at Marycul­ter for three years, said: “The whole build­ing has been com­pletely gut­ted over the last year. Work has taken much longer than ex­pected and the cost has gone up a bit as well.

“The builder kept com­ing across more and more prob­lems with the build­ing which led to us hav­ing to take steps to fix them. Just when we thought we had got to the end of the work another prob­lem came up.

“You couldn’t make it up – it was like a com­edy show.”

Through­out the course of the year work has taken place re­mov­ing the pews to in­stall around 200 seats, fix­ing the roof and wood­work, and in­stalling electrics.

Rev Grif­fiths added: “We wanted to mod­ernise the build­ing so it is fit for the lo­cal com­mu­nity to use.

“We have had a fan­tas­tic builder who has done a bril­liant job.

“I can’t fault the work what­so­ever.

“It is the older work which has let the build­ing down over the years, how­ever, this work will surely keep the build­ing go­ing for many years to come.

“There is noth­ing wrong with the stonework, it was all in­te­rior prob­lems we had.

“They have now been fixed and we are look­ing to of­fi­cially open on Novem­ber 1.”

While the works were be­ing car­ried out, ser­vices were held in the rear sec­tion of the church, how­ever, when big­ger events took place Rev Grif­fiths said they had to book other churches. He added: “We moved back into the main church two Sun­days ago now, so it is good to be back.”

The builder kept com­ing across more prob­lems

good news: Melvyn Grif­fiths out­side Marycul­ter Trin­ity Church.

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