Aisle just pop in for a cuppa

PUBLISHED: 11:49 12 January 2007 | UPDATED: 22:30 28 May 2010

Enjoying a coffee during the first drop-in session at St Peter’s Church, Wimblington, are, from left, Peter James. Ruth Paul, John Finn and Jill Gresham-Smith.

Enjoying a coffee during the first drop-in session at St Peter's Church, Wimblington, are, from left, Peter James. Ruth Paul, John Finn and Jill Gresham-Smith.

FANCY a cup of coffee on your way through Wimblington on a Tuesday morning? If so, why not drop in at St Peter s Church. You can call in to warm up on a cold January morning, to catch up on the village gossip or relax in the tranquillity of the church. T

FANCY a cup of coffee on your way through Wimblington on a Tuesday morning?

If so, why not drop in at St Peter's Church.

You can call in to warm up on a cold January morning, to catch up on the village gossip or relax in the tranquillity of the church.

The west end of the church was opened on Tuesday for anyone to drop in to enjoy a tea or coffee, as well as a biscuit and a chat. You could also read a magazine or borrow a book from the church lending library.

St Peter's is opening its doors every Tuesday morning this month and members of the St Peter's Community Project are hoping it will generate more users for the church.

Peter James, St Peter's church warden and a member of the community project, said: "If we can get this drop-in centre going it will be brilliant.

"The church is only open for an hour a week and, when you look at this building, it is a shame."

Apart from Sunday morning's services, the only use is by the neighbouring Thomas Eaton Primary School, which uses it for art lessons.

Community project member John Finn said: "We have to be respectful of everybody's wishes and leave it as a place of worship. But if it is to survive as a place of worship it has to have other uses.

"The congregation cannot maintain the church, and by moving it into the community we are looking to bring people which, in turn, will bring in funding and keep the church running.

"It is a big and expensive building to look after and needs to be used more."

The drop-in mornings will be on January 16, 23 and 30, and doors will be open from 8.30-11.30am.

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