Local expert developer and regeneration specialist has stayed true to a fifteen-year pledge to carry out improvement works to supply gas and water to St. Michael and All Angels Church in Cofton Hackett.
The Grade II* listed church, located next to the Lickey Hills and built by Robert de Leycester in the early fourteenth century, has undergone several refurbishments over the centuries, including extensive stonework restoration two years ago.
Now, thanks to St. Modwen, St. Michael’s finally has its own gas and water supply.
The works will benefit a significant number of adult churchgoers, as well as many local children. The provision of a toilet, kitchen facilities and improved heating will hugely benefit the church and allow it to be used for a variety of community events.
Chris Newsome, Development Director at St. Modwen, said: “At St. Modwen, we do what we say, and when we acquired the Longbridge site in 2005, a promise was made to St. Michael’s that we have now delivered on. These extensive works will breathe new life into this much-loved local church.”
The project required St. Modwen, via McAndrew Utilities, to carry out extensive highway excavation works to install and connect the brand-new gas and water supply, with work on the church completing earlier this month.
Reverend Canon Robert Fieldson, Vicar at St. Michael and All Angels Church, said: “As a friendly and hospitable parish, we are grateful for the substantial support St. Modwen has given us.
“Having access to gas and water allows for the installation of a toilet in the church for the first time in over 700 years! We can now provide tea and coffee making facilities and offer hospitality at services or community events held at the church.”
St. Michael and All Angels Church hosts an 8.00am service of Holy Communion on alternate Sundays as well as a weekly evening service. The church is a popular location for weddings,burials and interments of ashes.