ST JAMES’ Catholic Church in Reading’s town centre is to receive a makeover to mark its 175th anniversary.
The church, next to Forbury Gardens, will see repairs to the roof and internal fixtures, improved wheelchair access
and new artwork for two shrines.
A new crucifix has been commissioned to go over the sanctuary and there will repairs to the presbytery too.
The stained glass windows will be repaired and there will be a major refurbishment of the church’s flooring and paintwork.
The scheme is estimated to cost £200,000 and has been paid for by church members.
The church has been working closely with the Historic Churches Committee to ensure that the work will be in sympathy with the historic site.
It is anticipated that the work will be complete by November, in time for an anniversary thanksgiving service on December 14.