Hereford & Worcester

Ledbury Baptist church reopens after two year refurbishment

Ledbury Baptist church
Image caption The church have removed a stage and a baptism pool

A listed church in Herefordshire is reopening two years after part of the ceiling collapsed.

For safety reasons the congregation at Ledbury Baptist church have been holding services in a downstairs hall.

Stuart Blows, a church deacon, said the building's listed status delayed work, but the long wait had been worthwhile.

"We updated the inside of it to bring it into the 21st century and to make it a multi-purpose room that the community could use," he said.

The newly refurbished church has already been booked to host events for the Ledbury poetry festival, which takes place in July.

Ornamental plasterwork

The church was forced to close when one of the four ornamental ceiling roses fell down.

The roses are 4.5ft (1.37m) in diameter and made of plaster.

Renovation work was delayed while the church waited to find out if it would have to restore the original lath and plaster ceiling, or were free to use modern plasterboard.

Other changes to the building, including the removal of a baptism pool, also had to be approved.

The church is holding an open day Saturday, 21 May, from 1100 to 1600 BST, where photographs and documents about the building's history will be on show.

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