a VILLAGE church is to finally get a new heating system — after 20 years of raising the money to pay for it.
The new system at Horsley St Clement’s is costing £85,000 — money that has been raised through a variety of events and donations over the years.
Work has begun on installation and officials says the new system is key to the internal development of the church.
The previous system was on its last legs and had corroded pipe joints and boiler efficiency of about 45 per cent.
Church warden Jan Jones said: “It is a big thing for the church. We have been planning it for about 20 years.
“We have had to raise the money and it has taken this long because other things have had to take precedent over the heating.
“It has been a lot of hard work to get the money together.
“We are very fortunate that the old system has hung on for so long.”
A church spokesman added: “These changes should be viewed as a first step in the development of our church, making it a more comfortable and inviting place to visit.
“Other changes are envisaged, but only when funding allows.”
The church is expected to re-open in April. Until then services will be conducted at Horsley School.