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Church has become the ‘people’s space’

Following its recent ‘face-lift’, St Augustine’s Church in Rumney held an open day for people to come along and find out more about what this fantastic space can offer them.

A major programme of restoration and refurbishment has been undertaken and everyone, and we were delighted to invited people to come along on Saturday (May 5) to explore our beautiful and historic church.

Fr John Connell, Parish Priest of St Augustine’s, says: “We were delighted to hold another Open Day in our wonderfully restored church to show the local community what work we have undertaken during the past year.

“As well as important repairs to the fabric of the building, ensuring it is still standing for future generations, we have also returned the nave of the church to its original purpose as ‘the people’s space’, where social and community events can be held as well as our daily round of services.”

St Augustine’s, built in 1108, now has beautiful, but moveable pews made of English oak, replacing the old and worn pitch pine pews which were fixed to the floor.  The new pews can be moved into different positions or alternatively stacked away to create a large open space.

The church is now more comfortable, lighter and brighter and has new facilities for serving light refreshments and is fully accessible for wheelchair-users. And for the first time in over 910 years, St Augustine’s has a toilet in church, and it’s fully wheel-chair accessible too!

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