Supermarket supports church’s extension scheme

Father Steven Date receives a cheque from Asda store manager Tracy Wilson and Lisa Hendy, community life champion

Father Steven Date receives a cheque from Asda store manager Tracy Wilson and Lisa Hendy, community life champion

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A SUPERMARKET branch donated £200 to a church to help fund an extension which will house modern facilities.

Asda made the donation to St James the Less Church in Lancing to help fund an extension to include a new kitchen and toilets.

Father Stephen Date said he was ‘delighted’ to accept the cheque and thanked Asda and the ‘loyal people’ who had posted their green charity tokens throughout July and August.

“All agree that it is long overdue that we should be providing modest kitchen and toilet facilities in this ancient pace of Christian worship,” he said.

The toilet facilities will accommodate disabled people and baby changing.

“The kitchenette will be extremely useful, especially when we have extra services at certain times of the year, to provide welcome cups of tea,” said Mr Date.

The extension must be in strict keeping with the original building, some of which dates back to the 9th Century.

Outside walls will be clad in flint and the roof covered in Horsham slabs so as not to look like an obvious ‘add-on’.

The drive to reach £180,000 has already reached half way, but Mr Date said it had slowed down recently and needed to ‘gather momentum’ once again to ‘finish this tremendous task’.

Those wishing to help by sponsoring a flint or donating towards a Horsham slate can call 01903 750 286.

A concert is being given by the Northbrook Concert Band on October 11 with light classical music and show songs.

Tickets at £7.50 include drinks and nibbles. Call 750286 or 724988.