Chapel expands with help from NatWest

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Chapel expands with help from NatWest

A south of England church has relocated to bigger premises with funding from NatWest through the Government’s Funding for Lending Scheme.

Handcroft Chapel, established in 1996 as an independent Christian church, has moved from Coyden to an old Methodist building in Purley, allowing it to build its congregation. Kevin Blewett, Pastor of the Handcroft Chapel, turned to Varsha Mehta, Senior Relationship Manager at NatWest’s Croydon office for financial support. The combination of church funds and a £300,000 loan from NatWest, backed by the Funding for Lending Scheme, enabled the Church to purchase the property in Sylverdale Road.

A phone call away

Pastor Kevin said: “Finance and property isn’t our area of expertise and it was a relief to know we could turn to Varsha who has a wealth of experience and industry knowledge. Varsha has guided us every step of the way and has been just a phone call away which has been hugely reassuring.”

Varsha Mehta said: “Handcroft Chapel plays an important role locally and we want to ensure we are supporting the community with projects like this. I wanted to get to know Kevin and the Church to be sure they had the appropriate support and direction to facilitate the move. I’m really proud to have been with them throughout the process.”

Once refurbished, the new premises will provide Handcroft Chapel with the capacity to welcome worshippers from both overseas and closer to home, and to run youth retreats to encourage young people into the church.

Pastor Kevin says: “Our new church will not only offer us more room for worship – which can often get quite vigorous! – and a larger platform for the preacher, it has also become a project which has tied the church community together. Where possible our church family is doing the work, painting and decorating, during our free time. The end result will be something we can all be proud of.”


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