The renovation project of the church and the dyke hall completes the second phase

Church members after the dedication ceremony.

A LOCAL church has completed the second part of its three-phase renovation project.

Work on the creation of a new washroom at Dyke Church, dedicated by Reverend Richard Moffat during the Sunday November 21 service, is now complete.

Project coordinator Martin Harker confirmed that the improvements are another step towards bringing the church and hall into compliance with people with disabilities.

He said, “It’s great to see our vision for this vital community facility take shape. We are extremely grateful for funding from the FCC Communities Foundation and others including Moray Presbytery, The Baird Trust, Berry Burn Community Fund, Scotland’s Churches Trust, The Ferguson Bequest Fund, Allchurches Trust Ltd., The Garfield Weston Foundation and The Beatrice Laing Trust, and not least the local community. We are now planning the next phase of the project, the improvement of the parish hall.

Phase 2 of the Access project included: a former kitchen extension which now houses the underpinning toilets and the stabilized structure; provision of changing facilities for babies; upgrading of the emergency staircase; soundproof the door of the sanctuary; the creation of wheelchair spaces in the worship area; and improving heating, lighting, ventilation, insulation and decoration of toilets and hallways.

The total cost of the works was £ 79,432.

Disabled toilets are now accessible from the sanctuary. The improvements have prompted volunteers to repaint the church hall – which is ready for use – and work is also underway to provide a kitchenette on a temporary basis.

The FCC Communities Foundation provides grants for community projects through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund.

Senior Director of Grants Richard Smith said, “It’s wonderful to see something that we’ve funded open and ready. The improvements will bring lasting benefits to all users.

He added, “We are always happy to review grant applications for projects that benefit local communities and this is a great example of what can be achieved. “

In 2017, the first phase enabled disabled people to access from the town hall parking lot. A new path has been built, the old cemetery wall rebuilt, fences erected and lighting installed.

The third phase concerns the renovation of the parish hall. LDN Architects based in Forres was commissioned to draft the specifications.

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