Expert developer and regeneration specialist, St. Modwen, has stayed true to a fifteen-year pledge to carry out significant improvement works to supply gas and water to St. Michael & All Angels Church in Cofton Hackett.

The Grade II* listed church, located adjacent to the Lickey Hills and built by Robert de Leycester in the early fourteenth century, has undergone several refurbishments over the centuries, including extensive stonework restoration two years ago.

Now, thanks to St. Modwen, St. Michael’s finally has its own gas and water supply for the very first time in 700 years.

The works will benefit over 200 adult churchgoers, as well as many local children. The provision of a toilet, kitchen facilities and improved heating will hugely benefit the church and allow it to be used for a multitude of community events.

The project required St. Modwen, via McAndrew Utilities, to carry out extensive highway excavation works to install and connect the brand-new gas and water supply, with work on the church completing earlier this month.

Chris Newsome, Development Director at St. Modwen, said: “At St. Modwen, we do what we say, and when we acquired the Longbridge site in 2005, a promise was made to St. Michael’s that we have now delivered on. These extensive works will breathe new life into this much-loved local church.”

Reverend Robert Fieldson, Vicar at St. Michael & All Angels Church, said: “As a friendly and hospitable parish, we feel truly grateful for the substantial support St. Modwen has given us.

“Having access to gas and water allows the church to run a range of activities for the community that were not previously possible. This act of generosity has allowed for us to deliver on the promise St. Modwen made to us many years ago and will change the lives of many people in the local area.”

St. Michael & All Angels Church hosts a weekly 8:00am Sunday service of Holy Communion and is a popular location for weddings, burials and interments of ashes.