Monday, 12 August 2013

New Parish Centre Opens in Redhill

New Nativity of the Lord Parish Centre in Redhill
The Nativity of the Lord parish reports:
Bishop Kieran Conry recently came to officially open a new church community centre. He celebrated Mass in St Joseph's Catholic Church, in Ladbroke Road, before blessing the new centre and unveiling a plaque.

It took just under a year to build the new £2m parish centre at St Joseph's, which boasts a hall that can seat up to 400 people, as well as a kitchen, coffee bar, meeting room and separate space for the pre-school playgroup. The old St Joseph's hall, a former convent which once housed the pre-school, was demolished and the new centre, pre-school building and eight homes built in its place.

The pre-school children moved into the building at the beginning of the year and now the local Brownies, Reigate School of Ballet, toddler groups and young musicians are also already enjoying the new facilities.

The building will be used for parish and community events and meetings.

Father Chris Spain, moderator for the Parish of the Nativity of the Lord - incorporating St Joseph's, Holy Family in Reigate and St Teresa's in Merstham - is delighted with the building and garden.

"On warmer days, with the presbytery windows open, there is the lovely sound of children enjoying their pre-school facilities, which was an important part of the project," he said "We are three churches, three sites, but with a shared heart and mind."

The Tomei and Mackley Partnership designed the centre and is now working on another at Holy Family church in Reigate. The hall, presbytery and parish office are due to be demolished later this year to be replaced with a parish centre - including an office, hall and meeting room - and a small residential development.

A £500,000 fundraising campaign aims to meet part of the build and maintenance costs of both centres, and church leaders have invited locals to get involved with the fundraising by emailing fundraising@thenativityofthelord.org.uk

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