Church to move into former bookshop

The former CLC Bookshop in Stamford
The former CLC Bookshop in Stamford
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A church hopes to spend £35,000 renovating a former Christian bookshop and turning it into a community hub.

Peterborough-based Life Church has applied to South Kesteven District Council to change the use of the former CLC Bookshop in St George’s Street, Stamford.

The church currently meets every Sunday at Queen Eleanor School.

But officials want to move into a permanent home in the town to allow them to increase their support and reach in the community.

Action manager Gavin Bateman said: “The intention is to run it as a community hub for targeted services that we offer as a church, working in partnership with other organisations.

“This would include over-50s support groups, parent and toddler, debt advice and counselling.

“That way we would be bringing a community support hub to Stamford.”

The building is owned by the Stamford Christian Book Centre Trust, which is bound by covenant to ensure it is used for Christian purposes.

Life Church had explored the option of leasing the building but as extensive refurbishment is needed inside, decided instead to take ownership and take on the Christian use condition.

Work on the ground floor would cost about £35,000 and Mr Bateman said that could double in the next decade if further refurbishment was carried out.

If planning permission is granted the new facility, which would be called No 8, could be open by Christmas.