Charity registration number: 1142012
Situated in the heart of the village of Bletchingley (Surrey) is St Mary’s – a busy Church with a growing congregation. The community have used the facilities of Church House (which is adjacent to the Church) for over 100 years but the building is now ‘at risk’. This unique ‘Arts and Crafts style’ property in the centre of a conservation area is steeped in history and is now in desperate need of modification.Church House has stood for over a century but now needs to conform to modern standards. The property is used by the whole community – not just by the church congregation – and it is felt that every visitor should feel safe, warm and welcome whilst using the building.
WE’RE INTO THE FINAL STAGES OF WORK NOW – THE FINISHING TOUCHES ARE NOW BEING COMPLETED – JUST WEEKS TO GO!
This fundraising project will raise money to carry out the essential redevelopment that has now become so urgent. The redeveloped Church House will provide a number of new or much improved facilities for the 21st century including:
Complying with all health & safety legislation
Creating access at ground level
Falling in line with disability regulations
Introducing a lift to access all floors
Improving kitchen & toilet facilities
Completing total refurbishment & redevelopment
Creating new rooms for functions & meetings
Creating space for parochial facilities & village archives
Creating more space for every user
The plan is to increase the reach into the community by offering a more ‘user friendly’ building, giving people a much improved ‘place to go’. Currently the building is used by The Village Youth Club, Sunday Clubs, After-School Clubs, Church and community groups and “The Ark” for mothers and babies. The potential usage is almost limitless.
And for those who haven’t seen just how bad it is inside – have a look at this video:
This is a more up to date video taking us to the point just before internal finishing: