WORK is finally due to start on the £2million redevelopment of Shirley Baptist Church after builders moved onto site last week.
Dating back to 1910, the rear of the existing church was demolished in February to make way for the addition of new community halls, meeting rooms, office space, facilities for the Family Support Centre and a coffee shop.
And with the help of £100,000 investment from Shirley Advance, plus generous contributions from church goers, fundraising, grants, loans and donations, contractors BAM Construction are now ready to start the construction stage.
Reverend Paul Campion, minister, said: “This is a very exciting time for the church and we look forward to continuing the church’s Christian presence in the local community and expanding the facilities available through the new buildings.
“We are very grateful to those who have provided excellent support during this process and we look forward to the time when the church will be able to serve the local community more effectively through these additional facilities.”
The Baptist Church project is on course for completion in the autumn of this year.