Portsmouth church project given £39,000 grant award

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A PROJECT to improve access to a church and its community halls has received a £39,000 boost.

The Veolia Environmental Trust has awarded the cash to Buckland United Reformed Church in Kingston Road, Buckland.

The money will be used to create a new entrance and improve the space inside the church and create a welcoming, open and accessible space for events and activities.

Reverend Cliff Bembridge, said: ‘This is great news for the church and people living in the area. The work the grant will help fund will enable us to turn the church into a fully accessible space where people of all ages and backgrounds can have fun, learn and receive professional advice on issues such as benefits and debt.’

Paul Taylor, executive director of the trust, said: ‘The church needs to be congratulated on securing a grant from us.

‘Demand for funds is high and therefore it succeeded in a very competitive environment. I look forward to seeing the start of work on the access improvements and the project taking shape.’The grant was among £1.5m awarded to more than 50 projects by the trust earlier this month.