A team from MD Groundworks moved into St Lucius' churchyard today to begin work on the first phase of our development scheme.
Heading the team is Mark Dransfield with colleagues Paul Barden and Aden Dransfield. Their job is to dig foundations and install drainage ready for masons to build the extension between the church tower and south-west gable.
The groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction was performed by our treasurer, Brian Mallinson, in the presence of churchwardens Cath Ball and Monica Wells.
Monica said: "We are living in difficult times but we see this new building as a symbol of faith in the future. It will give us more opportunities to open the church to the wider community for all manner of events.
"We are enormously grateful to all those who have contributed so generously to our appeal fund to enable this project to begin. This is just the beginning, but we have confidence that it will come to fruition through the help and prayers of our congregation and the community."
Meanwhile inside church, a team from the congregation moved furniture and other items in readiness for builders to remove plaster from the south west wall, to relocate the font and eventually to break though to create a doorway into the new extension.