Worshippers welcome newly-refurbished church

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THE first service has been held at a Copnor church following its extensive multi-million pound redevelopment.

Hundreds of worshippers turned out to see the Rt Rev Christopher Foster rededicate St Cuthbert’s Church on Saturday.

Following an eight-year refurbishment, the church is now home to a doctor’s surgery, a pre-school, an education area used by Portsmouth College, a Sure Start centre, an area for elderly people’s luncheon clubs and a conference room.

Planning for the building work, which cost £4.5m to complete, began 12 years ago.

Rev Foster said: ‘We are brimming over with delight at the completion of these projects, the transformation of this building and the fulfilment of the vision for St Cuthbert’s – which is a church and so much more.’

Vicar of the church the Rev David Power said: ‘It has been quite a journey, one that has been challenging, but I have been blessed with the skills and support of so many people.

‘The congregation have held together through thick and thin.’