THE grounds of St Mary’s Church in Brighstone are now easier to access thanks to a staff volunteering project by Island Roads.

A team of eight employees used their skills to resurface the churchyard pathways, making them easier to use for people with wheelchairs, mobility scooters and pushchairs.

The project was undertaken as part of Island Roads’ staff volunteering scheme which encourages employees to take up to two days paid leave each year help with charitable and community projects.

Paul Gibb-Narey, highways supervisor at Island Roads, said: “We have undertaken a lot of highways improvement work in the area recently so were delighted to give something back to the community through this project.

"The people of Brighstone have always been very welcoming so it was a pleasure to help the church to improve their pathways which are well used by locals and visitors to this picturesque village.”

The church secured a grant from Brighstone Parish Council to cover the cost of materials.

Miriam Crewe, of the church’s fabric committee said: “We are really grateful to Island Roads and Brighstone Parish Council for supporting our project and would like to thank them for all their hard work.

"As well as being used by parishioners, the paths through the churchyard are an important thoroughfare for villagers accessing the nearby doctor surgery and primary school — as well as those just taking a stroll around the village."

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