Students give vicarage ‘outstanding’ makeover

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A VICARAGE in Paulsgrove has been spruced up by carpentry, painting and decorating college students.

The 48-strong team from Highbury College spent 16 weeks revamping the St Michael and All Angels Church home to welcome the new vicar Rev Ian Newton and his family in August.

The Bishop of Portsmouth, Rt Rev Christopher Foster, said: ‘The vicarage has been transformed – it’s outstanding. There has been an enormous amount of skill and hard work put in. Congratulations to all that have been involved. I know Ian and his family will be looking forward to moving in here.’

He added: ‘This came about by a wonderful operation between the Diocese of Portsmouth, the parish of Paulsgrove and the students of Highbury College. This mutual cooperation comes when the church is really involved with the local community.’

Kaisha Delph, 18, studying for a painting and decorating diploma, said: ‘It was a good opportunity for us to do real work on site.’

While students and contractors worked inside the house, offenders from the Community Payback team stripped out trees and shrubs in the garden and tidied the lawns.