Project to restore popular Gosport church to get under way

Andy Elmes on stage with the church band.''Picture Credit: Keith Woodland

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THOUSANDS of pounds will be spent on restoring a popular church in the centre of Gosport.

A £7,200 project will soon start to restore the elaborate, yet crumbling, stonework of Gosport Methodist Church in Stoke Road.

Since the church was built over 100 years ago in 1910 the sandstone has been gradually eroded as a result of weathering and traffic pollution.

If left any longer it could pose a risk to people using the footpath on Stoke Road.

The project will take around two months to complete.

The church is a popular venue which is used by a number of community organisations including the Rainbows, Brownies, Age Concern, the blind, and a diabetes group.

Derek Slaymaker, treasurer of the church, said: ‘The crumbling sandstone surrounds of the two south facing apertures of the tower need urgent remedial work to be done, so that the building retains its usefulness to the congregation and the community.’

The project has been funded by members and friends of the church.

A grant of £5,000 from The Veolia Environmental Trust has also been provided.