Lights are on at church after grant

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The number of people using a Northumberland church hall has trebled after a grant paid for the completion of a long-planned refurbishment.

The congregation at St Nicholas’ Church in Cramlington carried out a substantial fundraising campaign to fund a refurbishment programme in the church hall nine years ago, but ran out of funds before being able to complete everything that was planned.

Since then, both the hall’s fluorescent lighting system and wooden floor gradually became worn out and were in urgent need of repair.

Now, thanks to a £3,000 grant from Banks Mining’s Community Fund, a new energy efficient lighting system and replacement wooden floor have been installed.

Church warden Arthur Perkins said: “The church hall is a popular community venue, but we’ve long felt that we could bring even more people in to use it if we were able to complete what we started with our refurbishment and improve the welcome that we thought the facilities provided to our users.

“Installing the new lighting system and floor has done just that, and we’ve seen a really swift and visible increase in the number of people coming through the door, with three times as many users now taking advantage of what we offer.”