As times change so do the needs of the community. Our church hall no longer supports all who live in our community, as such we have decided that a renovation is needed.
We are fundraising to ensure our church hall is safe and inclusive for all who may wish to use it. There are plans for upgrades as well as additional rooms to support those in the community who need it.
If you would like to donate to this project you can click on the Just Giving button below, alternatively please speak to a church warden or the parish office
Welcome Project Update no. 5 January 2024
In this monthly Update, the Welcome Project Steering Group is pleased to share the news that our bid for Heritage Lottery funding has now been submitted and we await feedback. Secondly, there has been some early interest in the sale of the church house, although no firm offers as yet. Do circulate the link to anyone you know who might be interested. Recent problems with the boiler, and the floor, have certainly highlighted the imperative to proceed with the construction phase as soon as possible.
As I mentioned in the last Update, we will be continuing to rent both the Hall and Helliwell Room throughout the year whilst funding and planning permission move forward. Once the work starts, however, both areas will be closed whilst the site is in the construction phase.
A new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) has been started and is reproduced below:
Holy Trinity, Horfield Welcome Project FAQs
Whoever you are; wherever you come from, everyone is welcome here
What is the Welcome Project?
A bold and ambitious project to re-furbish and update our existing church hall into a flexible community space.
Why are we doing it? The Hall looks fine to me
It isn’t! Everything needs replacing, from the heating to the electrics, and the roof needs a lot of work, too. But we don’t just want to patch up – we want to make it a much more welcoming and eco-friendly space – inside and out.
When is the work going to start?
As soon as we secure the money, and planning permission. We had hoped to start the work this year, but it is likely to be 2025 when we start the building work itself. That said, there’s lots to do before we get to that point.
Why have the Welly Pre-School moved out already then?
We originally intended to close the building to prepare for the refurbishment mid 2024, and on that basis, the pre-school moved out (into Manor Farm Boy’s Club), so that children wouldn’t be disrupted mid academic
What about the other groups which use the hall regularly, like Brownies, the Theatre Company etc?
All hirers are being kept updated by a regular communication. There is also a Stakeholder Reference Group for hirers. We will continue to take bookings for this year.
What is the cost of the project?
Approximately a million pounds.
Wow! That’s a lot. How will the money be raised?
We have just put in our first grant application (to the Heritage Lottery Fund), and are waiting to hear back. We are asking the church community to help raise £100,000 of the total. If you are aware of organisations who might be able to sponsor us, make donations etc. please get in touch. Finally, we are also putting some of the proceeds from the sale of our church house (authorised by the Diocese) towards the total. The house hasn’t sold yet, but is on the market.
How can I make a financial donation to the Welcome Project?
Go to our Just Giving page or speak with a warden (Caroline and Nick). And money is not the only thing: you can donate of your time and talents by contacting the steering group at firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I find out more?
There is a display at the back of church, and one in the Hall and the Helliwell Room, too. You can also look at information on our website or contact a member of the Welcome Project Steering Group: Dennis Hughes, Jen Douglas, Jane Lewis, Garth Baker, Fr David, Phil Lewis, Rob Brace, Nick Stephenson and Caroline Plaice.
How do I get involved?
Speak to one of the Steering Group, or email the office: email@example.com
If you have any questions which I can add to the FAQs, thoughts or comments about the Welcome Project please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Welcome Project Steering Group. You can do this via the existing church email address: firstname.lastname@example.org Contact us, too, if you are interested in joining the Stakeholder Reference Group.
Our Business Case for the redevelopment is available by clicking on this PDF link:
Images showing the current Hall and the concept proposal are below:
Current Hall Concept Proposal for Hall