Building Work has started at St Francis.

The project to make significant improvements to storage, toilets and cafe at St Francis Church / Community hall has commenced.

The contractor Blackthornes has already commenced the dilapidation work and construction is following. The project will provide a centrally based storage area which is essential to allow refurbishment of the whole building to take place. The old storage areas are spread throughout the building and this is ineffective and disruptive when running a busy Community Hall. It also is a barrier to developing the resource and enabling it to reach a greater potential. The second element will see the provision of modern, purpose built and accessible-toilets which are key to enable all members of our community to access the hall and participate in events. Finally, the popular church cafe which is an essential meeting place for members of the community will be replaced by a modern, commercial area to serve the wider community.

Vicar Richard Heard of St Francis Church believes the facility will make a huge difference to the lives of people living in the area. He says: “This project will provide a real boost to the people of Bessacarr.  It’s fantastic that a number of grants have been obtained from FCC Communities Foundation, Benefact Trust, and  Garfield Weston.  Furthermore, our church family has donated substantially towards the project.”

Richard Heard hopes the new facilities will be ready to use by the end of November this year.

Our Building fund is open and any businesses or individuals who would like to donate to enable us to complete the project debt free would be most welcomed.

If you would like to support the project with a donation please click here.