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Wednesday, 26 November 2008 05:03
church signWork to transform the Church of the Ascension building in Thorold Road is expected to be underway by the end of the year. The Church wants to create “a building that enables the community to access the Church and the Church to reach out to its community”.

It’s felt that the current space within the building can be inflexible. It’s also difficult to heat, and not accessible. Church House, at 27 Cobden Avenue, is also expensive to maintain, and the Parish Hall at Lacon Close would have needed large amounts of money to bring it up to standard.

towerThe idea is for the main building to include all the present resources and more, by dividing it into two areas: a community area will be at the tower end and a worship space at the sanctuary end. Better access will be offered with a main entrance on the corner of Thorold Road and Cobden Avenue. There will be an extension on the Thorold Road side accommodating office space, toilets and a café, with a new youth facility in the basement. The community area will provide a main hall and meeting rooms, with sight of the stained glass windows being preserved.

“We are all very excited about the project to provide modern facilities for worshipping and for the community, and are looking forward to welcoming the builders on site before the end of the year,” said Rev Sarah Chapman.

SignA booklet, giving a potted history of the parish and information and more detail about plans for reordering the Church has been prepared, which includes photographs and architect’s images of the final appearance. This is also available on the Church’s website here.

The congregation will be joining with that of All Hallows at Witts Hill, Midanbury, while the work is in progress.

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written by doklab, December 02, 2008
Why oh why did this vicar take this parish,she obviously likes nothing about it?Not satisfied with selling church house and the hall in Thorold road she now wants to completely re-model the church! Why not go the whole hog and demolish the church, she can then move on to a church that would suit her better.
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written by Richard Webster, October 20, 2009
To write in the negative way he/she did doklab must be a very hurting person.

The Church is not a club for preserving buildings but there to spread Christ's love to a hurting world. So buildings sometimes need changing so they can be better used.

Vineyard's proposed acquisition of the chemist's shop is part of the same thing - showing God's love to a hurting world.

By the way I am not a member of either church, but a local Christian who supports what they are doing.
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