Refurbishment work is now underway to improve facilities at Holy Trinity and St Oswald’s Church in Doncaster.
The work is part of a new project, funded largely by a £50,000 grant from WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund.
WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, conservation and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund. Established in 1997, it has provided over £200m to more than 7,000 community and environmental projects throughout the UK.
A spokesman for the church, at Finningley, said: “The funding will provide the church with new heating, new flooring, a new kitchen, new toilets and new chairs once it is completed in August of this year.
“This is the beginning of the project and a work force is now on site.
“The church has now been emptied of its furnishings, and the flooring has been taken up and removed, prior to the under floor heating being installed, as well as the new floor.
“A camera has also been set up which will automatically record the progress for future viewing.
“We are very excited that the project is now starting to take shape.”
Church Rector, the Reverend Neil Redeyoff, added: “It’s great to see our vision for this vital community facility getting closer to reality.
“We are extremely grateful for the funding WREN has given us and we are looking forward to using our new facilities for the villages of Finningley, Blaxton and Auckley.”
Penny Beaumont, WREN’s grant manager for Yorkshire, said: “We’re delighted our funding will make such a difference to so many groups of people in this area.”