Community groups are to benefit from improvements to the Christ Church Chester’s Mission House in Newtown , thanks to generous grants.

Cash boosts of £46,272 from WREN FCC Community Action Fund and £10,000 from the Ursula Keyes Trust were added to by donations from the All Churches Trust (£1,000) and councillor Sam Dixon (£500).

Work on the building starting next week will provide a fully refurbished building with new roof, damp proofing, plastering and pointing providing a bright new space for church and community groups in Newtown.

Mission House building before work begins

Associate vicar at Christ Church Chester, the Rev Ralph Kemp, believes that the changes will make a huge difference to the lives of people living in the area.

He said: “This project will provide a real boost to the people of Newtown. It’s fantastic that we have been awarded this money and we’re really looking forward to seeing the project take shape over the coming months.”

The move out for the refurbishment. Left to right: student work coordinator Jake Powell, Chad Sandrock, Veronica Johnson Reader, associate vicar Revd Ralph Kemp and Ben Allen

WREN’s grant manager for Cheshire, Richard Smith, said: “It’s always nice to see something we have funded start to take shape. We’re delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile project and look forward to it benefitting families and community groups across Chester.”

WREN is a not-for- profit business that awards grants for community, conservation and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.