BICESTER’S oldest religious building has been given £10,000 to help pay for the next phase of renovations.

Work is to start in the spring to install toilets, a new boiler, and stone flooring in St Edburg’s Church, Church Street.

The refurbishment, which could take four months and may close the church for weeks, is to cost £200,000.

Last week the National Churches Trust gave the appeal £10,000.

Other grants totalling £100,000 have come from WREN, Viridor, Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Beatrice Laing Trust and the Diocese of Oxford.

The rest of the cash has come from fundraising events, loans, and gifts.

Diana Pettifer, chairman of St Edburg’s Parochial Church Council, said: “We are so excited that this long awaited project is about to become a reality.

In 2008 the church launched a £1m appeal. Work has already taken place to install new lighting, update the electrics, and replace the vestry floor.