Church toilets to be completed next month

PUBLISHED: 14:24 11 February 2016 | UPDATED: 14:24 11 February 2016

Work is well underway on the new toilet block at Sidmouth Parish Church. Pictured by the new build are Rev Philip Bourne, Philip Hughes, Martyn Bagwell, John Scott, Michael Robertson. Ref shs 3791-45-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Work is well underway on the new toilet block at Sidmouth Parish Church. Pictured by the new build are Rev Philip Bourne, Philip Hughes, Martyn Bagwell, John Scott, Michael Robertson. Ref shs 3791-45-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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The Archdeacon of Exeter is set to cut the ribbon at Sidmouth Parish Church’s new toilet block on Palm Sunday (March 20).

Building work is nearly complete, the wall has been knocked through and church leaders now just need to pick out the final details. Extra excavation work has seen the cost break the £150,000 barrier, but parishioners and other church users have been very supportive and there have been a number of successful grant applications.

Project leader Philip Hughes said: “It’s nearly completed – we just have the final details like what towel dispensers and baby facilities to include. The stone looks really good. It’s pristine at the moment, but it will soon weather.”

He thanked everyone who supported the project with time and donations. The original quote was £80,000, but the discovery of a 200-year-old burial site and rising building costs have seen the final cost double to around £160,000.

The scheme is aimed not only at St Giles and St Nicholas parishioners, but at anyone who uses the venue for concerts, civic events and ceremonies. Christopher Futcher, the Archdeacon of Exeter, will cut the ribbon next month.


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