Friday, May 07, 2010

A Time to build

Work started this week on a project to build new Community Rooms at All Saints Church.

The three pictures below show the area before work started

Plans have been around for over 20 years to provide a kitchen with running water and drainage. The current toilets are totally unsuitable for disabled visitors and with a growing Church Family with lots of babies some changing facilities would be very nice.

The vision for the current project came from conversations with the Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT). All Saints Church family is comitted to serving the communities of Woodlands and Highfields (North of Doncaster), and as part of that we manage the All Saints Community Centre, which has been very successful in engaging with community groups. There was a growing need for additional Community rooms, which would complement the existing suite at the Community Centre and provide for a different and more discreet location.

All Saints also hosts the Woodlands May Festival and over the last three years the need for improved facilities in the Church itself has become clear. The project provides Community Rooms with separate access, as well as enhanced facilities to enable the Worship Area of All Saints to host a variety of community events.

The work is funded by an £85,000 grant from CRT and a £5000 grant from the Garfield Weston Foundation and we are very grateful for their very generous support. The Grant team was led by Rev Philip Ireson, the Chaplain to HMP Doncaster, who is an associate minister at All Saints where he worships when "off duty".

The pictures below show the current progress - just four days after work started - with work proceeding for the steel superstructure that will support the upper room.

All Saints vision statement is "Knowing Jesus, Showing Jesus, Sharing Jesus"

We hope that this project will enable us to do that more effectively with enhanced facilities for community engagement with the additional benefit to the Church family of the improved facilities in the Church itself.

For any further information please contact the Vicar of All Saints, Rev Stephen Gardner on 01302 339618 or

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