Village is urged to support funding appeal for new hall

Rev Andrew Brewerton promotes the Brick by Brick campaign for St Thomas' Church Community Hall.  Picture: Liz Mockler S1425LM
Rev Andrew Brewerton promotes the Brick by Brick campaign for St Thomas' Church Community Hall. Picture: Liz Mockler S1425LM
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A VICAR is calling on residents to get behind a fundraising campaign to build a community hall in Kilnhurst while he still has permission to build it.

Around £40,000 has been raised so far towards a target of £160,000 for the new build at St Thomas’ Church.

Reverend Andy Brewerton was granted outline permission for the scheme in 2011 and has three more years to complete the project.

The father-of-two, 42, is now appealing for people to get behind the fundraising campaign before it loses momentum.

He said: “We have made a great start and I want to thank people for their generosity but there is obviously a long way to go.

“We have permission from Rotherham Council and the Diocese of Sheffield for the new hall, which would be built at the side of the church.

“Obviously there is a time limit with these things so public support is essential.”

The new hall would provide the community with a bigger space to hold weekly meetings, such as kids activity groups and coffee mornings, which are currently held within the church.

Mr Brewerton said: “We sometimes have to hold sessions around the pews, so it would be nice to have a dedicated space for this.

“It is something that would benefit everyone in the community.”

Villagers can support the funding campaign by purchasing a symbolic brick for £5.

Said Mr Brewerton: “We have 5,000 bricks and about half of them have been sold so far. It means you get your name in the church register and it’s a lasting recognition of your contribution to the scheme.”

Anyone who would like to support the appeal can ring the church on 01709 589674.