A church congregation will this Sunday gather at a Newtown church for the last time before major renovation work begins.

All Saints Church will hold its Sunday service in Commercial Street at 9.30am on February 6.

From next Sunday (February 13), worshippers will instead gather for services at Ysgol Calon y Dderwen, formerly known as Hafren and Ladywell Green schools, for at least the next 10 months.

The Rector of All Saints, Canon Nia Wyn-Morris, said: "The Church building may be closing but the Church community will continue to serve and be active in the community!"

The renovation work costing more than £450,000 will include essential repairs and upgrade the heating, flooring, toilet and kitchen facilities.

Speaking in October, Nia said: “This project has been more than ten years in the planning, so I’m delighted that work will get underway in the new year. The church building is in desperate need of improvement so that we can offer better hospitality to the people of the town.

"The renovations will allow us to re-open our toddler group, provide facilities for people experiencing homelessness as well as offering a more comfortable place to worship."

Newtown-based contractor Philip Jones Builders will carry out the work which will include repairs to the windows, the removal of the organ and chancel [the choir area] furniture and a new stone floor laid with underfloor heating in the main body of the church.

A small extension to the church will be replaced by a larger space offering more toilets, a shower, a bigger kitchen and a meeting room. The current vestry will be converted into an office.

The project has been funded by the Diocese of St Asaph (£71,000), Garfield Weston Foundation (£30,000), Community Facilities Programme (£25,000), National Churches Trust (£10,000), James Pantyfedwen Foundation (£8,000), All Churches Trust (£6,000), Hodge Foundation (£5,000), and Powys Welsh Church Act (£5,000).