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Ravenshead villagers urged to buy-a-brick for new church centre

Members of the church and local community who have already bought their bricks to support the new St. Peter's Church Centre in Ravenshead are from left, Bob Ford, Phil Asquith, Val Ford, Irene Chapman, Margaret Craddock, Kate Asquith and Paul Craddock.

Members of the church and local community who have already bought their bricks to support the new St. Peter's Church Centre in Ravenshead are from left, Bob Ford, Phil Asquith, Val Ford, Irene Chapman, Margaret Craddock, Kate Asquith and Paul Craddock.

Village residents are being asked to help build their new church centre- by buying a brick for it.

An invitation is being sent out to people living in Ravenshead to snap up plaques so they can have a message inscribed on them and placed on the wall of the new building.

The idea is to help boost funds for the project which is predicted to be in excess of £500,000. However, it is expected that much of the cash will be sought through grants.

Project manager Paul Craddock hopes, however, that local people will take ownership of the scheme and put their hands in their pockets.

“The new St Peter’s Centre is for everyone in the village, not just members of the church,” he said.

“In fact the majority of lettings in the old hall are currently booked by organisations unconnected with the church.

“Maybe people want to remember a loved one or just want to contribute to what will be an asset for the entire village.

“The buy-a-brick plaques cost £10 for up to five words will be mounted on the one wall that will remain of the 1946 church hall once the new St Peter’s Centre has been constructed.

“Businesses might also want to be associated with the new centre but in their case a brick will cost £50 with space for a short message.”

Within days of launching the campaign, £1,350 worth of bricks were sold.

The Ravenshead branch of the University of the Third Age has recently held a concert in the church, raising £1,500 towards the project and letters requesting funding have gone out. An application for planning permission has been submitted. If approved, the building will replace the old church hall, originally built in the late 1940s.

 

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