Building Modifications

The two photographs below are of the church hall before refurbishment

 

The photographs below are of the church hall after refurbishment.

They are the same views left hand side photo looking towards the pulpit and right hand side photo looking towards the front wall. This wall was taken out and bi-fold doors installed. This created a new room with full glass doors at the front of the building.

 

 
 
Views above are.On top left Looking from pulpit facade to new Community room with the Bi Fold doors and you can see the new front doors beyond. On Top left, Looking towards pulpt facade and organ pipes from balcony. Bottom left: The new glass front doors from the outside.  On the bottom right, looking toward the modified pulpit(facade).
 

 

The four photos' above are of the new "wall washer" lights that have been installed. Also the original pendant lights have been re-wired and illuminated. All the bulbs on these lights are LED type which have a very low power consumption and long life. 
Please click on any of the pics to enlarge.

The project including its aims and objectives

To make better use of our church building by modernising the interior so that it can provide a space for community activities.
 
By removing the pews from the worship area, and installing a new multi-purpose floor, a large open space will be created. To the front of the building a new room will be created by using the existing porch area and part of the worship area. This room will serve the larger space as a utility area and also a separate room for other activities.
We will improve our community facilities in an innovative way so that activity can grow and expand - this will foster a more inclusive vibrant community in Kearsley
Our development will be innovative because it will include a number of new facilities. These include
• accessible car-parking
• a modified kitchen that will increase the range of meals available
• two new separate activity rooms (currently we only have one)
• a modified worship area that can be used for a much wider range of community activities
• much improved facilities for children, i.e. it will be safe, spacious, warm, and dry.
• complete accessibility to all areas for the disabled
 
Whilst we already have a good record on partnership working, new facilities would enable us to develop this further. We already have interest from the community police, the local authority and various community groups.
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Need for the project


During the last 30 years building development has brought in a large number of families and retired couples. The Methodist Church premises are at the heart of the community and is ideally placed to offer a community facility in a district that has expanded rapidly in recent years. At the last census 42.8% of the 13,248 population for the Kearsley ward were in the 30-59 age bracket, a figure above the national average. Currently there are a number of new residential property developments taking place and so population growth is likely to continue.
 
A new accessible facility will serve the strong local demand. In the recent years there have been enquiries for premises usage for keep-fit, dance, meals and receptions, table tennis, public interest events, Health Improvement, Gala days, festivals venue, art groups, drama groups, and a day centre for elderly people. Current usage is good given the constraints of our existing premises.

Is there community support for the project?


The Church undertook a Church Vision exercise in which all members of the Church were consulted, all user groups were consulted and from this a vision of the role of the Church emerged. In order to continue to serve the community, further consultation to establish the needs of the community was undertaken. Meetings were held with the local authority community staff, and a presentation and consultation was held with representatives (This includes local authority representatives, representatives from local groups and organisations, plus local councillors). Two other local churches, St. Stephens CE and St. John Fisher RC have also been consulted and fully briefed on the proposed project.
 
In addition to the above, plans have been made available to the weekly group events, and a display stand and feedback box have been placed at major community events such as the Community Fun Day (2,000 plus visitors) and Summer fair (300 visitors). Consultation has been undertaken through a number of displays of plans. This has enabled a wide cross section of the community to see our plans, to comment and offer feedback. Plans have also received feedback from the school governors at the neighbouring primary school, the leaders of other Churches and also the District and the National Methodist Church.
 
All were in favour of a modified church and community facility on the existing site, with improved access for the whole community.

How the project will be managed, maintained and funded in the long term?
 


For nearly 175 years the local Methodist Church has managed a church and school building on this site. This has always been a key part of the local community. Over the past 30 years this role has increased and developed. The Church now has a membership which is skilled and able to oversee its development of mission as well as building - over the lifetime of this plan and then into the future.
 
The cost of upkeep and maintenance of the new building will be less than the expenses incurred with running present, difficult to effectively heat building. The cost of upkeep will continue to be met by weekly contributions from Church members.
 
Management
 
The decision-making body of the Church is the Church Council. This currently meets three times per year, plus ad hoc meetings to expedite development decisions as necessary. The Church Council consists of Church Stewards, Secretary, Treasurer and Minister, as well as Church members. For matters related to property a specialist property committee meets regularly and is accountable to the main Church council.
 
A Property Committee deals with the details of the building redevelopment and meets on a monthly basis, although this sometimes becomes more frequent when the need arises. There are ten members of the Property Committee.
We will also engage in fortnightly site meetings with our architect and Quantity Surveyor. They will ensure the project is kept to timetable, have value for money and the workmanship will be of the best quality.

 

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