Our existing hall is now over 80 years old, and it is becoming increasingly hard to keep it in good condition – hardly surprisingly, as it was only ever designed to be a temporary building.
We are keen to continue to have this kind of provision at the heart of the Westlands – as a church and community hub, providing both for church activities and outreach, and for wider community use.
For several years we had been pursuing a plan to replace our existing hall with an extension to the church. However despite gaining the necessary permissions and gathering together the funds that we thought would be needed, a huge escalation in building costs in 2022 made this unaffordable.
Very generous giving, helped by a few external grants, has meant that we have sight almost all of the anticipated £626,000 cost. The November 2023 appeal leaflet, giving more details about this exciting proposal, is downloadable here. You can also respond via our justgiving page
Since then, we have learned that our planning application has been succesful; and though one of the conditions has complicated things a little, we are still hopeful that we might be able to start work on site in June 2024
We also appreciate people’s prayers for our project