£250K Stump project races on

Work on the Stump shop is progressing ahead of schedule.
Work on the Stump shop is progressing ahead of schedule.

A £250,000 project to improve the inside of Boston’s iconic parish church may be enjoying a little divine guidance, as the scheme is well ahead of schedule and shows no signs of running out of steam.

Work to replace the shop, build a cafe and create new offices and toilets in St Botolph’s Church started at the end of January, and has been progressing apace since then.

As of last week, contractors Lindum Group had built the outside of the shop in the corner of the famous church, and much of the adjoining office area had also been completed.

Peter Coleman, project manager for the major scheme, told The Standard: “‘Work on the new community and visitor project in the Stump is progressing well with the structure of new shop and office complex complete and almost ready to fit out.

“Everybody is welcome to visit the church to see how the work is progressing.”

The project has been billed as the biggest investment the Stump has seen in more than 150 years. It is the culmination of more than 20 years of planning and hard work to get together the funds.

Stump staff hope it will attract more visitors to the church and town.

Peter added: “A church this important historically and culturally really needs to have these sorts of facilities these days.”

Improvement works are ongoing in other parts of the historic building, and Peter urged anyone who could contribute to do so.

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