Project underway to give church new look

VIEWPARK PARISH - BUILDING PROJECT - ELDERS (L) WILLIE SOMMERVILLE AND JIM DAVIE WITH ARCHWAY WHICH IS TO BE DEMOLISHED
VIEWPARK PARISH - BUILDING PROJECT - ELDERS (L) WILLIE SOMMERVILLE AND JIM DAVIE WITH ARCHWAY WHICH IS TO BE DEMOLISHED

Viewpark Parish Church has raised the necessary funds to move forward with phase two of the View 21 regeneration project.

Work on the £620,000 development will begin later this month and is expected to take around six months being completed in the autumn.

Church member David Alexander said: “The changes to the building have been driven by a desire to bring the existing complex up to date and to extend the facilities to provide better facilities for the community and the church itself.”

The development will feature a new cafeteria, meeting and activity spaces, new toilets as well as a new and more efficient heating system.

Gathering the money has proved to be a major exercise with church members raising £200,000 themselves and receiving around a further £300,000 from other funders towards the total.

The balance of funding will be achieved through a loan from the General Trustees of the Church of Scotland which will be paid back over the next few years.

Rev Michael Lyall said: “We are very excited at Viewpark that the long awaited works are due to start.

“We hope that the community will support us in this excitiing project.”

Full story in May 19 edition of Bellshill Speaker