To utilize an old schoolroom built in 1963 at a time when there was need for more space to engage with children and young people. This building now requires full refurbishment, i.e. new roof and general upgrading. We now have a vision to create a space for our local community by providing a cafe/meeting room which would be flexible and easily adapted for a number of uses, e,g, art groups, dementia, cafe, mums and toddlers. All would have a hub where they are able to meet and share in conversation. We have young parents who already use the premises to attend our church, run playgroup, etc. We offer lots of activities to our community: a monthly breakfast serving around 100 plus; regular coffee mornings; and are engaged with all age groups within our community.
Our Aims are:
to use the accommodation to facilitate community use by a wider range of users;
to work collaboratively with public, private, voluntary and faith organisations;
to achieve appropriate utilization of the building as a whole;
to provide attractive, flexible accommodation to support services which develops capacity and enhances mutually beneficial relationships;
to increase utilization by providing multi-functional spaces, conducive to a wide range of activities including worship, hospitality and general use;
to develop a ‘Welcome’ area for socializing, where the well-being of older people would be enhanced by social interaction.
Within the project we desire to make our Church Sanctuary more accessible from/to the rear of the building by creating a link corridor via the current store room and vestry area. This would entail the provision of a doorway into the church sanctuary and a small wheelchair lift to meet the level. Also, we would like to re-site the vestry within a screened area within the main sanctuary. The building is set on different levels and in order to provide a more accessible space there is a need to raise levels to allow this but it would be possible to create.
To develop links with the community we will provide a Family worker.
Pledges so far:
We are raising money for a Family Worker and to re-develop the premises so it is accessible by all and for community use.
Newark and Sherwood District Council has given full planning permission for our planned re-development. Also, the Listed Buildings Advisory Committee (LBAC) of the Methodist Church has given permission for us
The Church is a listed building which means that we need to seek approval from the Conservation Committee of the Methodist Church. Details were sent to the Committee which met