The buildings you see (including the bus shelter) were built in the 1930s. Sadly, due to construction difficulties the ‘old’ church was built with some serious flaws which resulted in its fairly rapid deterioration over subsequent years. To rectify the faults would cost over £3.5 million so in July 2003 the ‘old’ church, as it is now referred to, was declared ‘redundant.’ This paved the way for us to move here, which we did in July 2004.
This building gives us great flexibility to ‘do’ church in a variety of ways. It allows us to be more easily identified as a ‘centre of community’ within the wider community as both church groups and community groups meet in the same building. That said, it still needs further development and our building project is the next stage in releaseing the building's potential as both a church and a centre for the wider community.
Building Project: A new side entrance (which will become our main entrance), platform lift to all floors to the front of the building and an accessible toilet on the first floor will be completed by mid-January. This will complement the reburbishment on the first floor into a self contained display/performance/conference area and kitchen.
Work is also happening to refurbish the stage area for use as an active stage. A lighting rig has been put in with lots of space to add too. With direct access at the back of the stage to the Lower Hall (completed last year) there is ample space for small 'one act' productions to work well. The hall holds a maximum of 200 seats.
Once the building is in shape then we can begin to grow and develop the many activities that happen here at St Elsiabeth's.