£50,000 funding for Bletchley church

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Whaddon Way Church in Bletchley has received nearly £50,000 in funding from Biffa Award.

The award comes from a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK.

A major building project been completed to replace the old 1968 building and the grant has been used to complete the ground floor community suite of the new Church Centre.

The project will include the provision of two new meeting rooms, an open plan cafe with kitchen, an office, toilet facilities and a reception which will allow for the facility to be used with more flexibility.

Ken Pitkethly, Chairman of Trustees, Whaddon Way Church, said: “We are delighted with the generous Biffa Award grant to our new community based church. The grant has enabled us to complete the ground floor community suite foyer area, which will be used extensively for the neighbourhood. Our building is situated in an area of deprivation where many social problems exist. We hope to be a place where people can visit to receive help and advice, and thanks to Biffa Award we will be able to provide various services.”

Sue Gibbs, Community Liaison Officer, Whaddon Way Church, said: “Whaddon Way Church has always been very community orientated and to that end the Biffa Award will not only benefit those who worship at the Church, but the people that surround it too.

“It is hoped to restart a baby and toddlers group and many other ideas are in the pipeline too. I will endeavour to ensure that the community will be made warmly welcome and that those who enter the new church building will see it as much their building as our regular church people do.”

Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said: “Projects like this are incredibly important for local communities, which is why we look to invest in them. The improved facilities at Whaddon Way Church will bring more flexibility in the way that the space can be used, improving access for the whole community.”