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Community 'to benefit from church fitted with under floor heating'

A church in Horsley is to become the centre of the local community as a result of a major renovation project that will include under floor heating.

As part of an agreement between St Martin's Church and Horsley Primary School, the open-plan interior of the place of worship will be used by the schoolchildren during the day and by village residents in the evenings and at weekends, the Stroud News & Journal reports.

The move comes because the school does not have a hall and has no extra land on which to build.

The man behind the scheme, buildings advisor for the Gloucester Diocese Rob Stephens, said: "We thought that if we could strip out the pews and put in toilets, under floor heating, a kitchen and storage cupboards then it could be a space for all the community to use in a more pleasant environment."

Earlier this month, the Telegraph and Argus revealed that West Lane Baptist Church in Haworth has boosted its environmental credentials by installing thermal insulation throughout.