St Andrew’s Church had the opportunity to show off the new disabled toilet facilities when it hosted the recent Kirkin’ of the Council.
The new facility was made possible after they received a community grant award from the Angus Council community grant scheme which boosted the funds already raised by members and friends of the church.
Gillian McKnight, treasurer and vestry member of the church, explained how at one point, despite their best efforts, they might never manage to afford to fund the project.
“We started to raise funds in year 2008, by sending out a letter to all the members and friends of the church, with a request for a donation towards this facility, as we wanted to bring the building in to the 21st century.
“We were delighted to raise almost £3,000 from our generous supporters and Peter Nelson (vestry member) had also raised funds from recycling some of our old church organ parts.
“Plans were drawn up by local architects A. B. Roger & Young and we then realised that the whole project with drainage costs would be around £7,000. Far more than expected!
“The church building has often been used for choral and music concerts and previously for art exhibitions and it has such a beautiful interior with marble pillars and stained glass windows which the church vestry members are very keen to share the building with local groups.
“I think it’s a hidden gem of Brechin!”
After trying, but failing, to get extra funding from a number of trusts it seemed at one point that the new toilet was just a distant dream however in November Gillian received confirmation of funding from Angus Council’s community grant scheme.
“It felt like Christmas!” explained Gillian. “We have many elderly and frail church members who will appreciate this facility.
“We look forward to welcoming visitors to the church events and open days allowing you the comfort of staying longer and using our new facilities.”
Support can be given to the church through The Rainbow Charity Shop, 55 High Street.
The church recently completed the refurbishment of the St Andrews Street Hall, which is now available for community and private use at a reasonable cost.
All this has only been achievable from support given by the public.