Church’s refurb boost

PLANS: Father George Guiver showing plans for the church refurbishment to Jim Wilson and Kelvin Lord from West Yorkshire Freemasons. (d15031105)

PLANS: Father George Guiver showing plans for the church refurbishment to Jim Wilson and Kelvin Lord from West Yorkshire Freemasons. (d15031105)

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A CHURCH community has been given £5,000 towards the refurbishment costs of its crumbling building.

The West Yorkshire Freemasons gave the cash to the Community of the Resurrection to go towards the cost of bringing their 100-year-old church back into use for both the community and the many people who visit the historical building every year.

The building needs new lighting and heating as well as structural and design works.

The project will cost £1.5m and the community is organising a series of fundraising events to help boost funds, including an auction of artefacts found stored away in the building, which takes place on October 22.

Meanwhile, the community has submitted plans to Kirklees Council for a new monastery building.

The brothers at the Stocksbank Road monastery, Battyeford, will use their existing living quarters for guests and will move into the new building, where they will eat, sleep and work.

It will contain 24 bedrooms, chapter room, offices, a refectory and kitchen and will be attached to the church by a glass ‘tunnel’.

If permission is granted, the roof of the state-of-the-art building will be covered in grass and will be set into the bank.