A KIDDERMINSTER church community is celebrating after new windows were installed to keep worshippers warm through winter.

St. Chad’s Church hall on Comberton is now brighter and warmer thanks to a £17,000 Biffa Award grant.

The side of the building was a single block wall with no insulation and the windows were single glazed and in a very poor condition, dating from when the building was built in 1956.

The transformation work took just over a month and has had an "immediate impact."

Kidderminster Shuttle: Reverend Robert Legge by the original sidewall of the hallReverend Robert Legge by the original sidewall of the hall

To celebrate the Biffa Award and improvements to the hall, Café Chad is holding a Christmas 'Special’ on Wednesday, December 8, from 9.15am with table sales.

Money raised will support the “Young at Heart” group at St. Cecilia’s church, funding to help the elderly and wheelchair users on excursions.

Anne Scott, voluntary manager for Café Chad said: “Café regulars have made comments like “Wow; What a difference; You can see the world outside now.

"The hall now looks bigger, cosier and brighter – a great improvement.”

Kidderminster Shuttle: The new look wall to the hall The new look wall to the hall

Reverend Robert Legge, team vicar for St. Chad’s Church said: “Without doubt these windows have been a marvellous addition to the church hall both in terms of light and appearance.

"They are now the first thing you notice when you come into the hall.”

Raye Cartwright, brownies group leader said: "The Brownies thought how fresh and light the interiors felt once the works were completed - like being in a new building. We could feel the difference in warmth in the building and the windows were easy to reach and open.”

Rachel Maidment, Biffa Award Grants Manager, said: “It is so important that we continue to invest in buildings which are at the heart of their communities.

"Supporting the project to replace the side wall at St Chad’s Church Hall will ensure that its community has a warm and inviting building to use for years to come.”