CASTLEMILK CHURCH JOY AT CASH BOOST

Rutherglen Reformer - - News Form The Pews - Edel Ke­nealy

Castlemilk Parish Church will be­come an even more wel­com­ing place in the com­ing weeks as it re­ceives fund­ing to fin­ish fur­nish­ing the new-build prop­erty.

The church has re­ceived £ 17,866 from SUEZ Com­mu­ni­ties Trust for its Castlemilk Com­mu­nity Build­ing Project.

The money will be used to equip the church with ev­ery­thing it needs to run the many ac­tiv­i­ties lo­cals said they wanted in re­cent con­sul­ta­tion.

It will pay for chairs for the main hall, cafe ta­bles and chairs, break­out area so­fas and arm­chairs for the quiet room.

The cash boost comes after two years of fundrais­ing by the com­mu­nity to build the new £1mil­lion church on Dougrie Road, which opened on Au­gust 7.

Reverend Sarah Brown, min­is­ter of Castlemilk Parish Church, said: “The jour­ney to reach this point has been a long one, yet the dream of pro­vid­ing a beau­ti­ful, well de­signed, eco-friendly, fit for pur­pose fa­cil­ity in the heart of one of Scot­land’s most de­prived ar­eas has kept us go­ing.

“This grant has been a won­der­ful boost to the con­gre­ga­tion and com­mu­nity that will ben­e­fit from mod­ern fur­nish­ings.

“We are grate­ful to Suez Com­mu­ni­ties Trust for their sup­port in help­ing us to re­source our com­mu­nity and give us the op­por­tu­nity to get creative about how our space can be used well to the ben­e­fit of all.”

Mar­i­anne Irvin of SUEZ Com­mu­ni­ties Trust added: “We are re­ally pleased to be able to help with the fin­ish­ing touches to this brand new cen­tre. The com­mu­nity build­ing will be a great as­set to Castlemilk”.

SUEZ Com­mu­ni­ties Trust pro­vides fund­ing awards through the Scot­tish Land­fill Com­mu­ni­ties Fund – an im­por­tant source of fund­ing which came into ef­fect in April 2015.

The scheme is linked to the Scot­tish Land­fill Tax and en­cour­ages land­fill site op­er­a­tors to pro­vide con­tri­bu­tions to ap­proved bod­ies, who can then pass the funds onto com­mu­nity and en­vi­ron­men­tal projects.

The jour­ney to reach this point has been a long one but the dream re­ally kept us go­ing

De­light Castlemilk Parish Church is look­ing for­ward to buy­ing new equip­ment after land­ing a cash boost

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