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Church needs cash revamp

PUBLISHED: 14:52 24 February 2010 | UPDATED: 11:30 23 August 2010

A Methodist church is looking to raise £500,000 for a refurbishment, to bring it into the 21st century . Plans for a major rebuild at the church in Milton Road, Gravesend, including a new back entrance creating better access and a completely new design

A Methodist church is looking to raise £500,000 for a refurbishment, "to bring it into the 21st century".

Plans for a major rebuild at the church in Milton Road, Gravesend, including a new back entrance creating better access and a completely new designed foyer in the front, have been approved by Gravesham Borough Council.

Now, Reverend Andrew Lindley and head fundraiser Robert Hardy have launched their campaign to collect the money required.

"This church is very much a part of the community. We have so much going on here throughout the week, but most of it involves people coming in and out of the back.

"Set back from the main road, I think people walk past and think we are closed and can't come in which is the last impression we want to give off," said Rev Lindley. "We need to adapt and bring the building into the 21st century."

The main part of the project, which the church expects to take three years from start to finish, will see the front foyer expanded out towards Milton Road.

A kitchen, toilet facilities and an open reception area where small gatherings such as coffee mornings can be held will be included.

"Last year Oasis Counselling Service, a volunteer Christian organisation, moved in here. It has become very popular and needs more space which is putting

pressure on our communal spaces," explained Rev Lindley.

The church has £50,000 already

earmarked towards the work and will run a number of events throughout the year to build to their target, starting with Counting Our Blessings for Lent.

The congregation is being asked to donate a small amount every day based on the small things in life you can be happy about.

More details from the church.

A DRIVER has been given six points on her licence and fined £350 after allowing someone without insurance to drive her car.

Carol Selema, 46, of Huntley Avenue, Gravesend, was sentenced at Medway Magistrates Court on February 11.

Selema was arrested after officer stopped her silver Toyota Corolla in London Road, Stone and found the driver to be without insurance and the correct licence.

She has also been ordered to pay court costs of £35.

A 29-YEAR-OLD man has been found guilty of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour and

obstructing a police officer.

Ryan Edward Hawkes, of Haynes Road, Gravesend, appeared at Dartford Magistrates Court on February 10.

Both incidents happened on October 5 2009 in Gravesend. He was fined £500 and must pay court costs of £175.

A DRINK driver has been disqualified from driving for 40 months when he was caught more than three times over the legal limit.

Marijus Davidonis, 31, of Essex Road, Gravesend, was sentenced at Dartford Magistrates Court on February 17.

He was given a 120-day suspended sentence, a three-month curfew and his 40- month ban will be reduced if he completes an approved driving course.

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