Mayor officially opens new church in Lillington

Lillington Free Church has been officially opened by the town’s mayor following the demolition of the previous building to make way for a new purpose-built church building and 25 affordable homes to meet the needs of the local community.

Councillor Heather Calver, the Mayor of Royal Leamington Spa was joined by over 130 people from the local community alongside representatives from Orbit for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and open day event.

Commenting on the success of the event, she said: “I was delighted to be involved in the ceremony to open the new church. The design and build is truly beautiful, and it provides a real asset to our community”.

Reverend James Church, said: “The success of this development is down to the great partnership working with Orbit and its contractors Deeley Construction. We were involved from the initial planning stages to ensure what we have created is exactly what the local community needs and wants.

“It was amazing to welcome so many people to the official opening and hear how impressed they are!”

Dan Barnes, Land and New Business Director at Orbit, said: “We are delighted with the positive reaction towards the new building from church members and the local community. It was great to see so many people come along for the opening event and to see all of the amazing clubs and activities that bring people from within the wider community together.”

The development also includes 25 new affordable homes comprising of 7 three-bedroom and 12 two-bedroom houses as well as 3 two-bedroom and 3 one-bedroom flats, all available for shared ownership, due to be completed by the end of the year.

Bob Hodgkiss, Site Manager at Deeley Construction, added: “We are very pleased to have completed this project in partnership with Orbit and Lillington Free church.

“The new development will be an important resource for the community, providing a new space for events and creating vital new homes for the area.”

Orbit has invested over £4 million into the development including £625,000 of funding granted by Homes England.