Funding boost is key to upgrade of church

TAKING SHAPE  . . . session clerk David Alexander and EKF chairman Councillor Curran (right) check out the project's progress.
TAKING SHAPE . . . session clerk David Alexander and EKF chairman Councillor Curran (right) check out the project's progress.

A PROJECT to carry out a major refurbishment programme at a church in Viewpark has been given a funding boost.

The scheme to renovate Viewpark Parish Church, which began last year, has been awarded a £30,000 contribution towards the cost from the Environmental Key Fund (EKF).

The project, titled View 21, will result in the creation of a new cafeteria, library, offices and meeting rooms, and was brought about by increased demand from the local community.

The church’s facilities are heavily used by various groups, including the Boys’ Brigade, mother and toddlers, Sunday school and a local karate club. In addition to providing improved facilities for existing users the redevelopment will allow further groups and organisations to be accommodated on a regular basis.

In addition to the funding provided by the EKF, the £600,000 project has received approximately £300,000 from a number of other charity organisations, with church members raising another £200,000 through a variety of fundraising events.

For full story and pics see February 29 edition of the Bellshill Speaker.