A church which found itself in desperate need of a new fence to keep its hall secure and continue operating, has thanked ExxonMobil Fawley for coming to its aid.

Hiring out the facility for after-school clubs, children’s parties and group activities is the main source of income for Blackfield Baptist Church, which sits next door to the hall in Hampton Lane, Blackfield.

Di Hobson, who is a Deacon and trustee at the church, said: “We have a lovely large grass area where the children can go out and play. Unfortunately, though, it was completely exposed which meant it posed a safety risk.

We needed a fence to make sure we could keep the children safe and continue offering the hall for hire.”

Iris Cottrell, who is also a Deacon and trustee, added: “As a small and mostly elderly congregation, being able to pay for a fence without some financial help was beyond us.

Luckily, ExxonMobil Fawley very generously stepped in to help with a contribution of £1,000, which paid for half the new fence.

We are incredibly grateful, it has made such a massive difference to us and means we can continue to use the hall as a source of much-needed income.”

Angharad Vaughan, Community Affairs Adviser at ExxonMobil Fawley, said: “It was our pleasure to be able to help the church to purchase a new fence.

The hall is a fantastic community facility and we are delighted that people will be able to continue to use it now that the fence has been installed.”

To find out more about Blackfield Baptist Church, and how to hire the hall, visit the church’s Facebook page or call Iris on 023  8089 4886.

Pictured: Angharad Vaughan, Iris Cottrell and Di Hobson next to the new fence.