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Church set to reopen after a £250,000 re-ordering

A special service will mark the reopening of a Cumbrian church following a £250,000 re-ordering.

Work is being completed to the new glass partition at St BarnabasSt Barnabas Church in Carlisle has been closed for 16 weeks during which time a new glass, timber and steel partition screen has been installed which will make use of the building more flexible.

New kitchen and toilet facilities have also been built and the building’s electrics, plumbing and lighting have been replaced.

The church’s existing parquet flooring has been refurbished and new upholstered seats have been bought.

The Rev’d Eleanor Hancock, Priest-in-Charge of Holy Trinity and St Barnabas, said: “This year marks 80 years since St Barnabas Church was first opened and we’re thrilled that through this work we now have a building which will serve our community for a further 100 years.

“There has been talk about re-ordering the church for many years but it’s only in the last three or four years that we seriously began to discuss the work after receiving a legacy which has helped fund the project.

“It was really important that people entering the church were still able to look down the building’s length to our lovely deep sanctuary. The new glass screen still allows that to happen and yet it can create different spaces for different users.

“As a church family we are very thankful that we have been able to commit to this work and we now have a building which is truly fit for purpose for our church and community.”

The Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Rev’d James Newcome, will join congregation members for a service of Holy Communion on Sunday 12 June at 9.30am to mark the church’s re-opening.

That will be followed by a community afternoon tea from 3.30pm to 5.30pm which will also act as a celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday.

The Rev'd Eleanor Hancock, Priest-in-Charge of Holy Trinity with St BarnabasEleanor added: “We’d love as many people from the surrounding community to come along to both events.

“Obviously lots of people will be aware of the work that has been going on in the church and this is a lovely opportunity for them to see how the building has been transformed.

“We’ve done this because we’re committed to the community and we want to see more and more groups able to use the building as a resource throughout the week.”

The re-ordering work has been paid for through the legacy, the sale of a former church hall on Newtown Road, donations from congregation members and some grant funding.

During the church’s closure the congregation have met in Newtown Community School, which also hosted church community groups such as Brownies and Rainbows.

“We can’t thank the school enough for allowing us to use their buildings,” Eleanor added. “We’re delighted that our newly re-ordered church will provide an opportunity for us to continue to grow links with our local schools and the building will be able to be used for extra-curricular activities.”



For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager on 07469 153658, 01228 815401 or at

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