Let’s face it; much as we don’t like to admit it, we are all getting older. The inevitable wrinkles, greying hair and creaking limbs come to us all, whether we like it or not. And with the realisation that our bodies are not what they used to be, and cannot do what they used to do, comes action. Some of us dye our hair, celebrities fix their wrinkles with Botox or surgery, and then there are those who take up marathon running or healthy eating to bring back the youth of glowing skin and strong limbs. And buildings are no exception: they too are victims of the ageing process. Wrinkles begin to appear in the plaster, the once brightly painted walls begin to fade in colour, and the furniture, the rooms, the building itself can become no longer fit for purpose. Heeley Parish Church has been one such victim of the aches and pains of growing old.
The church has been going through a spot of cosmetic surgery of its own, an architectural face lift of sorts. The first phase of a refurbishment to the Victorian church began in March after much careful planning and fundraising. The building works, which have focused on the church hall area of the building, were carefully considered to make the church a more welcoming, practical space for the community. The entrance to the church has been revamped, providing seamless disabled access to the building. Once inside, new toilets, an excitingly revamped kitchen and rejuvenated meeting rooms and storage areas make for an aesthetically pleasing discovery. New carpets, freshly painted walls, sparkling new doors and bathroom tiles, an energetic new heating system and fresh decor have certainly left the church with a new lease of life.
Guests at the first wedding to be held in the refurbished church this summer commented positively on the new surroundings, some even comparing it to walking into a hotel! Take a look at the photo gallery below to see the amazing changes to our great building. Or better yet, come and see them for yourself at our Open Day on Saturday 19th September.
With some hard work…
We now have this:
Heeley Parish Church has stood at the heart of the Heeley community for over 150 years and as this new chapter in the life of the building begins, the hope is that it will continue to do so for many more years to come. Keep your eyes peeled as there are more exciting developments to come.