Work has started on the second phase of a major £112,000 improvement project designed to allow Wrangholm Kirk to create a greater community facility for people in New Stevenston.
The first phase of the ‘New Dawn’ project saw the traditional fixed wooden pews replaced by more comfortable loose seating along with an underfloor heating installation.
Project manager Evelyn Dickson, a partner in local quantity surveying firm Dickson Associates, said: “When complete, the more flexible space will be available seven days a week for local groups providing activities and services for the local community.
“The second phase which was launched after the festive season break is being supported to the tune of £50,000 by WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd).
“We are grateful to WREN for their support for a worthwhile project like this which re-generates good space in a good facility into an even better facility which is better able to serve the local community.”
This phase includes the formation, flooring and decoration of two new meeting rooms under the gallery at the rear of the sanctuary; provision of toilets; full height glazed doors to the sanctuary and main entrance; a tea preparation area; new heating and electrical installations and a new entrance ramp and steps.
There will also be external pointing and stone repairs to further enhance the appearance of the project.
The congregation have committed £30,200 towards the venture with contributions from The Todd Bequest (£20,000), Ferguson Bequest Fund (£10,000), and Scottish Churches Architectural Heritage Trust (£1,500 for stonework improvements).