A VILLAGE church that has become the focus of social activity for its community will soon have the use of extra storage space.
Since being renovated, St Bartholomew’s Church, in Ingham, has been used as a community centre, as well as a place of worship. Its nave is used by a pre-school as well as for ‘bring and share’ Christmas lunches, fetes, parish council meetings, art classes and Ingham’s social club, which uses the venue to host coffee mornings, bingo, scrabble sessions and quiz nights.
The increasing problem though has been where to store the many tables, chairs and other equipment that the organisations need to use on a regular basis.
On Tuesday, the first step towards a solution came, as the concrete foundations for a storage shed were laid in the north east corner of the church grounds.
John Wrigglesworth, chairman of Ingham Social Club, said: “It’s been a long journey to get a good community feel within the village and the shed will help us to move forward and provide more events because it will provide essential storage space.”
When complete, the shed will be fitted with an electricity source to provide lighting and sound during village fetes.
A fete on July 16 will put the shed to good use as the necessary supplies will be held on site for the first time.