Special service marks Epworth church landmark

At St Andrew's Church in Epworth are Rev. Ian Walker, chairman of the restoration commitee Melvyn Rose and Bishop David Rossdale (Assistant Bishop of Lincoln).  (BUY THIS PHOTO E0583TS) Picture: Tony Saxton
At St Andrew's Church in Epworth are Rev. Ian Walker, chairman of the restoration commitee Melvyn Rose and Bishop David Rossdale (Assistant Bishop of Lincoln). (BUY THIS PHOTO E0583TS) Picture: Tony Saxton

A special ceremony has been held to mark the official renovation of a historic refurbishment.

Bishop David Rossdale, assistant to The Bishop of Lincoln, The Rt Revd Christopher Lowson, helped to perform the ceremony on Sunday at St Andrew’s Parish Church in Epworth.

The 800-year-old church has undergone a major transformation since 2000, which has cost around £1.6 million to complete.

The renovation has been undertaken in five stages and has included work on the roof, floor, and the installation of new seating.

A heritage room has also been built which will feature a timeline history of the church. Church members will be inviting school pupils in to learn about the Isle in days gone by.

Supporters have also buried a time capsule to mark the work, which included copies of the Epworth Bells.

Funding for the scheme has been provided through various sources, including the Heritage Lottery Fund and North Lincolnshire Council.

Pictured (l-r) are Reverend Ian Walker, Melvyn Rose, chairman of the restoration committee, and Bishop David Rossdale. Picture: Tony Saxton E0583TS