Stocksbridge Christian Centre has been transformed into a centre for community events and groups following a £25,000 makeover.
Residents and community leaders gathered for a special open day to mark the refurbishment of the building, on Cedar Road, Stocksbridge.
The project, which has been led by the church, was refurbished in two phases - the first involving the installation of new double-glazed windows, and a new boiler and heating system. The second involved a new gas meter and gas pipes being installed.
The building previously included inefficient and unreliable boilers and the gas supply was insufficient for cooking meals in the kitchen. The single glazed windows also let the cold in, and heat out.
The Reverend James Grayson said the open day provided a ‘wonderful opportunity’ to show off the new refurbished facilities as well as allowing other group to show what they do for the community.
Several local community groups had stands on the day to show what they do and to recruit new members.
Groups included Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir, the Dedication Dance School, Stocksbridge and District History Society, Probus, the Townswomen’s Guild, a lipreading group, Community Care, Stocksbridge Bell Ringers, and a Fair Trade Group.
The Boys’ Brigade and the Girls’ Brigade each had an exhibition of their work because both organisations intend to start up in Stocksbridge in the spring.
Paul Taylor, executive director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, said: “It is great that the church chose an event like this to celebrate the refurbishment.
“It demonstrates that the centre is a vital focus for community activities for all.
“I hope it all goes well and look forward to hearing about the building thriving in the future.”
Funding has come from the church’s own reserves and £21,000 from The Veolia Environmental Trust, through its Landfill Communities Fund.