St Hilda’s Church revamp is just divine for Hartlepool

Rev Chris Collison in St Hildas church with the new seating.
Rev Chris Collison in St Hildas church with the new seating.

RENOVATION work at a historic church is complete - to the delight of the reverend and parishioners.

St Hilda’s Church, on the Headland, now has under-floor heating and new radiators as well as a new seating set-out using chairs that link together to create pews.

Reverend Chris Collison, the parish priest, said the revamp went “smoothly” and said the outcome of the work is wonderful.

Rev Collison said: “The church has still retained its traditional look inside and our new seating is set out in great rows of pews but they are, in effect, chairs, and we are now able to move them about which gives us a lot more choice in how we set the church out for different services and events. The new heating will also make a real difference in church.”

Sunday services continued to be held in the church while the work was being carried out but the weekly Wednesday service and other occasions were held at other churches around the Headland.

Rev Collison added: “It’s been a very good opportunity to worship at other places on the Headland but it’s great to have the work complete and our church is looking splendid.”

The church was fully reopened at the weekend for a wedding which was attended by more than 400 guests.