Fundraising target reached for 175th

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Members of Brinsley Church who have fundraised to refurbish the building for more than 20 years are celebrating after finally reaching their target of £145,000.

The congregation at St James’s Church have raised thousands to revamp the building’s interior so it can be used by community groups, such as the Brownies.

And the milestone could not have been reached at a better time as this year marks the church’s 175th anniversary.

Church warden Peter Fletcher said: “We’re delighted. It’s been a long hard process.”

“The timing could not be more perfect as this year marks the 175th anniversary of the first service held in Brinsley church. It’s just great.”

The money will pay to redecorate, remove the pews and replace them with stackable chairs, install wooden flooring and under-floor heating and create new toilets, a kitchen and a meeting room.

The total amount raised was made up of £80,000 in grants, and £65,000 in fundraising and donations.

When the church hall started to deteriorate 20 years ago, members began their fundraising with the aim of eventually building a new one.

But at an estimated cost of £740,000, several years into the fundraising they realised it would not be possible, and changed the plan to refurbish the church building itself instead.

The church hall was forced to close in 2008 because it was so badly deteriorated and was not fit for use.