FOR the first time in 700 years parishioners at a landmark church in Cofton Hackett can have a cup of tea and use the toilet.
St Michael and All Angels Church, built back in the 14th century, finally has its own gas and water supply thanks to regeneration specialists St Mowden.
The company stayed true to its 15-year pledge to carry out significant improvements at the Grade ll listed building.
The work will benefit a significant number of adult churchgoers, as well as many local children, who will be able to brew the kettle for the first time ever.
Chris Newsome, development director at St Modwen, said: “When we acquired the Longbridge site in 2005, a promise was made to St. Michael’s that we have now delivered on.
“These extensive works will breathe new life into this much-loved local church and allow it to hold a variety of community events.”
The project required St Modwen to carry out extensive highway excavation works to install and connect the brand-new supply.
Rev Canon Robert Fieldson, Vicar at St. Michael and All Angels Church, said: “As a friendly and hospitable parish, we are grateful for the substantial support St Modwen has given us.
“Having access to gas and water allows for the installation of a toilet in the church for the first time in centuries.
“It also enables us to replace the inadequate heating system and make the church more comfortable for worshippers and members of the local community.”
The church, located adjacent to the Lickey Hills, was built by Robert de Leycester and has undergone several refurbishments since then.
Including an extensive stonework restoration two years ago.
It holds an 8am service of holy communion on Sundays as well as a weekly evening service.
The church is a popular location for weddings, burials and interments of ashes.
For more information visit www.stmodwen.co.uk.