The future of a church in Lea could see it demolished or completely refurbished – depending on what the community want to see.Advertisement
Its vicar the Reverend Peter Hamborg is holding a public meeting to discuss what might happen with St Christopher’s.
The church in Blackpool Road, next door to the Pig and Whistle pub, was built in the 1940s.
However, it is beginning to become dilapidated and work is needed.
Rev Peter said: “something has to be done. Either the building is totally refurbished, or we demolish the existing building in order to create a brand-new church and community centre.
“Such a big decision as this deserves to be made by the whole community of Lea. The pros and cons of these two options will be set out and discussed at the meeting on June 28 th .”
“The St Christopher’s building has a strong history, having been built in the 1940s after the Second World War then extended in 1971.
“It holds a special place in the hearts of many local people. We need to act now to safeguard the future of the church and community space, and with real vision we can create something that will be of continued benefit to the area for many years to come.”
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A number of artist impressions have been drawn up to show how a new building may look.
Rev Peter continued: “The other big question is how the funds would be raised. We believe that if enough local people show their support for the idea then the money will be forthcoming. External grant funders are interested in community projects that truly reflect the aspirations of the local people. So if enough people express their support on Wednesday evening, then it might just happen.”
The public meeting takes place on Wednesday (28 June) from 7pm at St Christopher’s.
If you can’t make the meeting you can still have your say by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the church’s Facebook page.
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