People were able to step back inside St Mary's Church, in Devizes, this weekend.

The vast building, which dates back to the 12th century, is in the early stages of an exciting transformation.

Ground and excavation work was completed during lockdown and volunteers hope the churchspace can be used as a community hub for events, song and dance in the future.

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This weekend, a fundraiser was held by the Devizes Lions at the church. Books, DVDs, paintings and more had almost gathered dust before the sale, as the fundraiser had been postponed multiple times due to covid.

Tony Scorer, of the Devizes Lions, said the group had kept busy, with £8,000 recently granted to local charities.

He added: "We had about 2,000 books ready to go, alongside bric-a-brac and other bits and pieces."

Mr Scorer, who is also working on the St Mary's transformation project, also said it was lovely to welcome people back in the building again.

"Please do get in touch if you'd like to find out more about the project, " he added. "We always welcome new volunteers."

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The church, no longer in a fit state for regular church services, is poised to host theatrical performances, dance shows, exhibitions and more once work is completed.

Plans for an extension have been approved by Wiltshire Council.

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