PEOPLE piled into a church to see plans to restore its clock tower.
The Holy Trinity Church, on West Street, Fareham, launched its new project to see the church renovated and its clock fixed.
Led by The Reverend Sally Davenport, a presentation of the High Time project was given explaining the plans and how people can donate.
As reported in The News, the church needs £500,000 to complete the project and has already secured some funding from the Heritage Lottery fund.
People in the church were supportive of the project and were excited to see what’s planned.
Sylvia Coghlam has been attending the church all her life and it was a great concern of her late husband’s to see the clock fixed.
She said: ‘The part of the project I am looking forward to most is the fixing of the clock.
‘My late husband was concerned about it so it will be great to finally see it working again.
‘When you are walking through Fareham, you look at the clock because it is a great landmark of the high street.’
As well as members of the church congregation, councillors also visited the church for the launch, as did the mayor, Councillor Susan Bayford.
Mark Hoban, MP for Fareham, also took an interest into the £500,000 project.
He said: ‘Holy Trinity has been a fixture in Fareham since the 1830s.
‘We need to make sure it’s handed down in good shape for the next generation.
‘I think the responsibility of its keep rests not just with the church congregation but with the community.
‘A lot of people use Holy Trinity whether it is to get married or for a funeral so I think the whole community needs to back the project.’
For Mr Hoban the most important part of the plan is the construction on the tower.
He added: ‘Knowing that the clock tower is going to be safe is the most important thing for me.
‘It’s a landmark in Fareham and we need to keep the church whole.’
But knowing the church needs to raise £500,000 is daunting for Rev Sally.
She said: ‘The project seems a bit daunting because it is so much money but it is a brilliant opportunity for us to open the doors of the church and welcome the community inside.
‘We can make it more of a community space as well as making necessary repairs.
‘We just want to make it more suited for the 21st century.’
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