Hitchin church opens doors to community after �300,000 improvements
A CHURCH reopened its doors at the weekend after a �300,000 refurbishment to encourage more members of the community to use the building. Tilehouse Street Baptist Church in Hitchin, which has undergone a series of upgrades to its interior, officially reo
A CHURCH reopened its doors at the weekend after a �300,000 refurbishment to encourage more members of the community to use the building.
Tilehouse Street Baptist Church in Hitchin, which has undergone a series of upgrades to its interior, officially reopened its doors on Saturday with a ceremony led by former TV news presenter and Hitchin resident, Richard Whitmore.
The modernisation of the 260-year-old church included the installation of glass entrance doors, a new heating system, chairs to replace pews and a levelled floor to improve wheelchair access.
Revd John Matthews, minister of the church, said: "With the building a lot more open, welcome and friendly, I hope that more people will come into the building for a variety of community events. We want them to feel this is somewhere they are welcome and cared for."
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The money needed for the work was raised over five years through legacies, donations and fundraising.
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