Great news received during December 2015 for Hankelow chapel in the form of another grant towards our major refurbishment project, this time from the National Churches Trust, which has the aim of keeping churches, chapels and meeting houses alive.
Earlier in December, Luke Marsh of the National Churches Trust confirmed that the Trust is delighted to support Hankelow Methodist Church with a £15,000 grant, specifically towards the costs of the new and enlarged kitchen and a new disabled toilet as part of the chapel's major refurbishment project.
This means that we can now proceed to complete the whole of the project which started on site at the end of November 2015 with the demolition of the old boiler house and chimney. We can now undertake full cavity wall insulation and also provide additional comfortable seating and extra equipment to aid the increased use of the church building by local organisations and groups as well as by the three local parish councils.
Along with grants from Cheshire East Council, WREN, the Cheshire South Methodist Circuit and District, Hankelow Parish Council and the Bernard Sunley Foundation plus local generous donations and fundraising this means we have now raised a total sum of £106,000. We aim to reopen the chapel during March 2016. Celebration events are being planned in the run up to Easter for everyone to come and see our newly refurbished facilities.
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