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Scottish Water Staff on Holy Orders for Church Refurb

Scottish Water volunteers at St Francis Friary
From left to right: Jackie Foster, Garry Bertie, Lorraine Tasker, Dave Cumming, Adam Zyndul, Julie Ballantyne, Fraser Nicolson, Amanda Goff

Scottish Water Staff on Holy Orders for Church Refurb

Kind-hearted staff at Scottish Water have stepped to help answer the prayers of a charity who are looking to revive a famous Dundee church building.

Eight employees gave up their time under Scottish Water's Volunteering Programme to get involved in a number of projects to refurbish the St Francis Friary.

The building at Tullideph Road is well known to many people in Dundee as the former home of St Francis' RC Church and its associated church hall, where it played host to a number of gala days and community functions.

But the property was vacated in 2010 and has lain empty until City Church Dundee acquired the site in January and set up plans to transform it into its new permanent base and community centre

The Scottish Water help squad heard of the plan and responded by spending a day on the site, transforming and modernising two internal rooms and dismantling a garden fence, salvaging metal grills as well as tidying branches and picking up litter.

Craig Stocks, a Church leader for City Church Dundee said they have big plans for the St Francis Friary site, but realised it needed a major facelift before it could be opened to the public.

"City Church Dundee is delighted that Scottish Water, through its volunteering initiative, was able to provide a team of helpers to facilitate the tidy up.

"We are encouraged by the offer of assistance and know that the wider Dundee community will benefit once the site is fully developed. It's our plan to redevelop St Francis Friary into a new base for the community - a place people from Dundee can once again enjoy and benefit from."