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Fresh approach as church looks towards the future with ambitious plan

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 01, 2014

  • 25/06/14 Winshill Church looking for ideas - St Mark's Church, Winshill Helen Smart and Mervyn John are hoping to get people to come forward with ideas of how to develop St Mark's Church in Winshill

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GRAND plans to revamp a church in Winshill could see the building brought into greater use by the community.

Ambitious £300,000 proposals to fix up St Mark’s Church and modernise the space would see many of the Victorian pews removed and more space added for activities other than traditional worship.

From bazaars and craft fairs to coffee mornings and messy church, bosses at the place of worship on Church Hill Street hope the plans will bring more people in to enjoy the space.

Warden Helen Smart said: “The church is very big and lovely, but it is quite formal and all the space is taken up with pews.

“When it was built, it would have been choc-a-bloc with people, but times have changes and we need something different.”

New toilets, a new kitchen area, meeting room and cafe are all in the plans, which have been drawn up by the church.

Ideasfor new activities in the church include a homework club, a book club and a place where people in the area can access the internet without heading into Burton.

They are now seeking ideas from the people who live in Winshill about what they would like to see the church used for.

Fellow warden Mervyn John said: “People don’t have to just use the church for church services. It’s here for other things.”

Hopes are high that the newly-created space could go some way to fill the gap left by the closure of the church hall, which was closed several years ago.

A funding application has been made to try to cover the cost, and fund-raising is taking place.

Anyone with any ideas about how to use the space should contact Helen Smart on 01283 534946.

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