A ceremony has been held to mark the start of building work on the grounds of a demolished Northampton church for a new community centre following an eight-year fundraising drive.
Broadmead Baptist Church, in Broadmead Avenue, Kingsley, was bulldozed for the first stage of a £2.7million project to build a new centre for the neighbourhood. It comes after a donation drive by the church's community, which raised a grand total of £1million since 2010.
The new building will be home to former Broadmead churchgoers, Samuel’s Nursery, the money advice centre and much more including youth groups, lunch clubs and parent and toddler groups.
It is also hoped that the centre will be widely used by all within the community and will become a hub for meeting together and improving well-being in the area.
Pastor Adam Eakins said at the 'Breaking Ground Ceremony' on December 4: "Today was a very special occasion. We are able to take a significant step towards the completion of this project, which has been so many years in the dreaming and planning.
"This is a vision for modern facilities to serve the local community as the church, has always sought to do since it began over 85 years ago.
"We look forward to being able to welcome people to its completion in the Autumn 2018. We are so grateful for all the support and encouragement we have received from trust funds, individual giving and the community. We are also so pleased to be working with Watson and Cox as a local building firm who share our passion to see this new centre built for the benefit of all."
Due to the growth of the church the current building has been deemed no longer adequate for its present purposes. Therefore, it was decided to build a new facility within the existing site with improved, modern amenities that will allow the church to continue to grow and serve the community.
Broadmead Baptist Church will move back into the new building in autumn 2018, funded by a congregation fundraising effort, several grants and a loan.
For more information about Broadmead Centre, go to www.broadmeadcentre.org, contact the office by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01604 72114.