Rita's doing her bit

PUBLISHED: 11:57 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:32 15 June 2010

AMBITIOUS plans to refurbish a town centre church and popular meeting place are gathering momentum now that a £210,000 fund-raising appeal is just £38,000 short of its target. Church council members at Honiton Methodist Church are pulling out all the stop

AMBITIOUS plans to refurbish a town centre church and popular meeting place are gathering momentum now that a £210,000 fund-raising appeal is just £38,000 short of its target.Church council members at Honiton Methodist Church are pulling out all the stops to ensure the scheme, which aims to provide improved community facilities close to the town centre, can go ahead.Rita Bennett is organising a tabletop sale and is inviting individuals and groups to book tables at £6 each.The sale will take place in the Mackarness Hall from 9am to noon on April 12.Six community groups, including Honiton History Society and Honiton Afternoon Women's Institute, currently meet at the Chapel Street church, off New Street, and congregation members hope improved facilities will encourage more people to use the building.Proposed improvements include provision of better access for the disabled and internal modifications to provide a single floor level throughout the building.New electrics, the installation of gas central heating and a modern interior are also planned.Overall, the refurbishment aims to provide an attractive suite of rooms, comprising two meeting rooms, a kitchen, toilets and storage.To book a table at church council member Rita's sale, call (01404) 47832.

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