Church opens new community space to secure building’s future

PUBLISHED: 11:00 03 March 2017

The Hub, Banwell Methodist Church. Open for baking classes, pilates and parties.

The Hub, Banwell Methodist Church. Open for baking classes, pilates and parties.

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Leaders at a village church are working to secure its future by opening new spaces which can be used by the whole community.

Banwell Methodist Church, in West Street, has opened a new room in its building called The Hub.

It is already being used for pilates classes, but could also be used for children’s parties, clubs and meetings.

Siobhan Armstrong, the church’s administrator, said: “Just using the church on a Sunday is not a cost-effective way of running a building.

“The idea is to make the church into a community space, which people can use for other things.”

The work has also included creating new offices which are being used by the administrators.

Plans for a second phase in the project are already underway.

A survey will be sent to parishioners, who will be able to share their ideas for the church.

Suggestions so far include a coffee shop, a soft play area for children or a computer area.

Siobhan said: “Support for a coffee shop is huge.

“If we get support for it, we can start applying for funds.”


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