All Saints fund moves step closer with £75k grant

DRIVING FORCE: Desna and Peter Pemberton have battled to raise £500,000 for the restoration of All Saints Church.

DRIVING FORCE: Desna and Peter Pemberton have battled to raise £500,000 for the restoration of All Saints Church.

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Fundraisers overseeing the restoration of Ammanford's most iconic building have taken a massive step closer to the promised land after securing another more grants for the project.

The All Saints Church Restoration Committee required £500,000 to modernise the 99-year-old church and transform it into a modern community hub.

The dream moved a step neared last week with the announcement that the group had received confirmation of a further £75,000 from the Waste Recycling Environmental Limitied (WREN), a non-profit grant-making body which funds projects using landfill tax money.

The latest boost moves the All Saints fund to in excess of £300,000.

All Saints project manager Peter Pemberton was understandably delighted and said that - with other grants still in the pipeline - the necessary funds were now all but in place to complete the project.

"This is fantastic news for All Saints," said Mr Pemberton.

"Hopefully by the end of October in the necessary funds will be in place.

"We originally set a timetable for fundraising and we are exactly on schedule.

"We are not quite there yet, but we are extremely confident that all the funds will be in place and we already have an architect working on the plans."

In July, All Saints received £117,000 from the Church in Wales to restore its clock tower, which was added to the original building in 1926 in memory of those who died in the war.

A candle-lit vigil is to be held at All Saints to commemmorate the fallen of Worl War One on Septermber 7.

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