Community rallies for church project

PUBLISHED: 12:30 09 January 2015

St Paul's Church hall, Weston-s-Mare.

St Paul's Church hall, Weston-s-Mare.

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PEOPLE from all aspects of Weston society are coming together to take part in a massive project to overhaul a well-used church building.

St Paul’s Church hall in Walliscote Road is used by thousands of people, and has doubled as a homeless shelter over Christmas.

It is also used by community groups such as the Lighthouse charity, Western Counselling and others.

But the church is in one of the most deprived parishes in the country. In fact, it is ranked 11,179 out of 12,660 in the UK for deprivation, with just 1,481 churches in parishes which are worse off.

The church ministers decided the building is no longer adequate to meet the needs of the disadvantaged population.

The Reverend Andrew Alden, vicar of St Paul’s Church, recently announced ambitious plans to build a £4.5million extension to double the size of the Clarence Park headquarters.

But it is not just money which will make this project happen, as volunteers are needed to make the regeneration a reality.

Ryan Hedges, of Weston wholesale electrical distributor Gold Partnership, is bringing people together to carry out the first stage of the facelift, which will include new lighting, floors and doors as well as a lick of paint.

Ryan’s team will include members of the congregation, plus schoolchildren and other volunteers.

Rev Alden said: “This will make such a massive difference to countless thousands of people and some of the area’s most vulnerable people.”

Ryan said: “I’m so delighted to be part of such an incredible project.”

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