New vision at town’s church

PUBLISHED: 17:33 27 September 2007 | UPDATED: 21:49 29 May 2010

Alan Wood in the renovated United Reformed Church – Pic: Michael Boyton

Alan Wood in the renovated United Reformed Church – Pic: Michael Boyton

THE United Reformed Church in New Street, Dunmow, this Sunday opens its doors for the first time since undergoing a £310,000 renovation project. Gone are the wooden pews, old worn floor boards and dark interior, giving way to a new, open-plan, light and a

THE United Reformed Church in New Street, Dunmow, this Sunday opens its doors for the first time since undergoing a £310,000 renovation project.

Gone are the wooden pews, old worn floor boards and dark interior, giving way to a new, open-plan, light and airy layout.

Before its official reopening dedication service, the Dunmow Broadcast was given exclusive access to see first hand the work that has been carried out since its last service in January.

Alan Wood, a non-active elder of the church, said: "We are delighted with the work," he said.

"The refurbishment project was given the name of 'Vision for the Future', the idea was to give the town a much needed place that can be used during the week for conferences, concerts and meetings, and not just for worship."

New glass doors coupled with inner glass screen doors have opened up the church and allowed natural light into the auditorium.

The old pews have been replaced with comfortable, padded chairs which can be removed to create an open space allowing the building to be used for many events.

Mr Wood is keen to point out that as many of the original features of the church have been kept, including the splendid organ that was merrily pumping out tunes under the expert touch of Barbara.

"It hasn't been played for several months so it's getting a tuning before Sunday," explained Mr Wood.

From the upper gallery where the organist sits, you get a good view of the new carpeted floor.

Hidden beneath it is a new under-floor heating system and new loop for people with hearing aids.

Sunday's rededication service is by invite only and all of the tickets have been allocated.

An open day is being held on October 13 between 10am and 4pm when everyone is welcome to look at the work that has been carried out.

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