Ravenshead’s St Peter’s Church ready for major transformation

NMAC11-2464-2''Ravenshead vicar Chris Rattenberry pictured outside the church hall.
NMAC11-2464-2''Ravenshead vicar Chris Rattenberry pictured outside the church hall.

A RAVENSHEAD church is set to undergo a major transformation with plans for a new community centre to be developed on the site of the old church hall.

St. Peter’s Church members want to completely revamp the site and estimate the work will cost up to £1m.

After consultations with villagers, the new centre’s plans include two halls, the main one having a sprung floor and space to seat up to 250 people, a cafe with pram access and a fully functional IT facility.

The old church hall already accommodates various community activities such as toddler groups and dance classes, but is hoping to expand to offer more educational facilities and drop-in sessions.

Ravenshead vicar the Rev Chris Rattenberry said: “It’s a very busy community, so it will mean opportunities for people of all sorts to come together.”

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) is looking to recruit three volunteers from the area to play key roles in the project management committee, which will aid and oversee the new developments and also look at ways to raise the huge sum involved.

The roles that need filling are:

A legal manager to liaise with authorities and solicitors regarding necessary permissions.

A funding manager, to oversee the raising of money and to encourage contributions.

A design manager, to work with the church architect.

The Rev Rattenberry insisted that although the project will be driven by the church, the positions are open to anyone who thinks they have the right skills and experience to offer.

“This project is for the benefit of the whole community,” he added.

“It will be known as the Ravenshead Community Centre and we hope this will encourage everyone to get behind it.”

Anyone interested in a position should contact the Rev Rattenberry on 478295.