People in Bedmond Village were delighted to welcome Phil Williams, chairman of Three Rivers District Council, to the Church of the Ascension for their monthly coffee morning.
The Tin Church, as it is known locally, was erected from a Victorian flat-pack as a mission church, destined to be sent to the colonies in 1880 but was saved for Bedmond. Now 130 years later, it is flourishing as the hub of the community.
Cllr Williams said: “Faith plays an important role in many people’s lives and gives them a sense of belonging. Thus, I have recently given the church a grant to help with building of a ramp for easier access for people with wheelchairs and parents with prams and buggies. I am delighted to have had the opportunity to visit, talk to local people and learn about their local issues.”
The residents were particularly interested in meeting him as he was recently elected as their county councillor.
The Church of the Ascension has been hosting monthly coffee mornings over many years. The popular events are held on the first Wednesday of each month from 10am to noon, except for January.
Wendy Ball, parish church council member, said she was delighted to welcome cllr Williams and said his visit would help the church develop.
She added: “Recently the church has founded ‘The Friends of the Tin Church’ to raise its profile and to make some money to maintain the magnificent Victorian Gothic building. This has got off to a flying start with many successful events held during its first year.”