Legacy boost for church

A £50,000 project to enhance facilities at the 600-year-old church of St Mary's, in Offton, is due to begin next week. Church-goer and local resident Harry Crick, who died in 1999, left a substantial legacy to the church.

A £50,000 project to enhance facilities at the 600-year-old church of St Mary's, in Offton, is due to begin next week.

Church-goer and local resident Harry Crick, who died in 1999, left a substantial legacy to the church.

The money is being used to build a small extension with wheelchair access, a toilet and kitchen area at the church. Over the past two-and-a-half years Offton Parochial Church Council has drawn up plans and obtained all relevant permissions to carry out the work that is expected to begin on Monday (November 11th).

The new extension, scheduled for completion in March 2003, is already being affectionately called "Harry's Room". People in the parish and friends of the church are being asked to pledge a gift to help cover the full £50,200 cost of the scheme. Anyone interested and wishing to help should send a donation to the treasurer of Offton church, Mr Paul Chapman, Castle Farm, Offton, Ipswich IP8 4RN.