£490,000 extension work on church begins

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Work has started on a half-million pound project to build an extension to a Sheffield church.

The changes are being made to St Cuthbert’s Church at the junction of Barnsley Road, Firth Park Road, and Owler Lane, Fir Vale.

The new extension is being added to house a community meeting room.

There will also be a fully-equipped community kitchen catering for learn-to-cook sessions, community celebrations, healthy eating, a food bank and a free breakfast club for children who go to school hungry.

A spokesman for St Cuthbert’s said: “The church and its partners already provide important services for the community and run events, activities and support sessions, including Fir Vale Food Bank which every week provides food for around 70 people experiencing food poverty.

“The new extension will mean more can be provided for local elderly, disadvantaged and vulnerable people and young children and families.”

Funding for the project has totalled £490,000 – including money from Sheffield Church Burgesses who awarded £100,000.

Other large awards included £50,000 from the Veolia Environmental Trust, £27,000 of Viridor Credits, and £25,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation.

Sheffield Town Trust, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, All Churches Trust, The Bernard Sunley Foundation, Friends of St Cuthbert’s, Sheffield Diocese and numerous individuals also made generous donations to the fund.

When it started planning the extension project, the church consulted local residents, user groups and organisations on the building’s community use.