Redland Parish Church set to celebrate completion of new community halls

September 30 2016

THE development of Redland Parish Church halls is almost complete. Local builders, Kitto Construction, are due to hand over the keys to the new halls this month and launch events are planned to celebrate the opening of the halls.

THE development of Redland Parish Church halls is almost complete. Local builders, Kitto Construction, are due to hand over the keys to the new halls this month and launch events are planned to celebrate the opening of the halls.

Designed by Redland architects, O’LearyGoss, the three new interconnecting halls can be opened up to form one larger hall, seating up to 280. They replace the dilapidated 1950s hall that stood on the site until just a year ago. As well as the new suite of halls, there’s a new fully equipped kitchen, a comfortable welcome/lounge area, plus new facilities and a dedicated entrance for Lantern Preschool.

Rev Lucy Nagel, curate of Redland Parish Church, said: “We are so excited about the opening of the new halls and the fantastic facilities they provide for our church family and for our community. As well as using them for our own community activities, like Lantern Preschool, toddler groups and Redland Education Centre, the halls offer versatile, modern facilities for local people and community groups.

“Just under three years ago we launched the re:new project for the redevelopment of our halls and thanks to the amazing generosity of the hundreds of local individuals, families, businesses and grant-giving bodies who have donated to the appeal and to the fundraising efforts of many of our congregation, we have already raised over £1.9 million. We’d like to thank everyone who has donated, fundraised or otherwise supported the project and would love to invite them to our launch celebrations over the coming weeks.”

The Redland May Fair raised over £2,500 for the project, choosing the re:new project as its charity. In May this year nearly 40 members of the congregation raised £40,000 by running the Great Bristol 10K. Other fundraising events have included a Christmas Fair, Summer Ball and pop-up restaurants.

There will be a Service of Dedication with Bishop Mike Hill, Bishop of Bristol at 10am on Sunday 30 October, a concert by Exultate Singers on 9 November and an Opening Fair on 5 November. 

The church plan to start using the halls for services and activities at the beginning of October and will make them available for hire in the new year.

See www.redland.org.uk for full details of launch events