Funds needed for final fit-out costs

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Ashburton's Methodist church on Baring Square.

Ashburton’s Methodist church on Baring Square has set up a Givelittle page to support final fit-out costs needed to get the big renovation project over the the line.

Over the last 12 months the $3 million project has seen the church strengthened, repaired and a new extension added on the south side.

The project was delayed by covid but was on budget before a big rain storm hit Ashburton at the end of May.

The rain deluge revealed a leaking roof and a decision was made to replace the original slate roof with long run colour steel.

The roof and spouting is over 90 years old and the unbudgeted cost of replacing it is a hefty $460,000.

Project manager Hayley Groves said thankfully extra funding for the project had been sourced from the Methodist Church Property Committee and the Central South Island Synod.

There were delays with sourcing the black roofing iron, but work was expected to recommence on the project in mid-January.

It was hoped to get the church open by winter next year, she said.

Mrs Groves said there now a shortfall for the fit-out of the church, which included the sound system, seating, painting and sundry works.

“Getting the work done will enable the church to function as a public facility and it is has always been the intention to open it up for community groups to use.”

Mrs Groves said the Givealittle page to support the fit-out had a goal of $60,000.

The Baring Square church was built in 1926 and badly damaged in the 2010 and 2011 Christchurch earthquakes.

-By Mick Jensen