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Saturday, 23 August 2014

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Work begins on church’s new garden

A COMMUNITY church garden in Mirehouse is set for a major revamp, thanks to a generous funding boost.

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God’s acre: Revd Chris Casey and Chris Sellick Construction manager United Utilities dig in ready for the new garden area to be created at the St Andrew’s church hall on Mirehouse

By Sarah Robinson

St Andrew’s Church has been given £51,450 to pay for improvements.

Work has taken place over the past year to build a porch onto the church hall, backing onto the garden.

The second phase of work – the garden itself – is expected to begin this month and be completed by August.

Rev Chris Casey said the garden will cater for all of the church’s user groups which include a parent and toddler group, scouts, lunch club, bingo club and West Cumbria Sports Disability Club.

He said: “I wanted an area that the West Cumbria Sports Disability Club could get down onto the grass. Similarly with mums and toddlers, our own church groups and other user groups that use the facility if we can open up the space for them to use.”

He said the revamped L-shape garden area will also “soften the appearance” of the church.

The full project costs for both phases is around £60,000. Over £51,000 has been secured and this phase of garden work is costing around £28,000.

Rev Casey said the church has been working with United Utilities which has been working nearby and on church land. He said the water company has kindly offered to pay part of the costs for the project.

Funding has been secured by the following organisations: Cumbria Community Foundation £3,000; WREN £10,000; Hadfield Trust £1,200; United Utilities £19,250 in kind; CWMET £12,000; Cumbria County Council’s Copeland Local Committee £2,000; own funds £4,000.

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