Community use for new Baptist Church

JPCT 011211 The new Trafalgar Road Baptist church. L to R Simon Fyfe of Caldine, building contractor, Minister Brian White and Travor Tilley, RDJW Architects. photo derek martin
JPCT 011211 The new Trafalgar Road Baptist church. L to R Simon Fyfe of Caldine, building contractor, Minister Brian White and Travor Tilley, RDJW Architects. photo derek martin
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A HORSHAM church, which opened its new disability-friendly building last month, has already been approached by charities wanting to use the space.

After the old Trafalgar Road Baptist Church building was demolished a year ago, work started with the disability charity Through The Roof to build a multi-purpose site able to cater fully for elderly and disabled people.

The building is sited in the part of Horsham which has the highest proportion of elderly people and the church wanted it to be open to the community throughout the week - with the possibility of it hosting NHS clinics to make it easier for elderly people to access health treatment.

Just weeks after opening, they have already been approached by charities wanting to use the space and the congregation celebrated the official opening at the end of last month.

The Rev Brian White, pastor of the church, said: “The new building provides a worship area that can seat 160, a gathering space where visitors can comfortably enjoy refreshments and in addition there are offices and meeting rooms upstairs.

“Disabled access and environmental factors were key considerations within the design of the building which boasts a disabled wet room, a lift to the first floor and a ‘living roof’.

“We have already had some group enquiry about using the church. The Alzheimer’s Society are going to start using it from January.

“People from Beech Lodge who come to the service were able to use the wet room and so were able to stay afterwards to have a cup of tea for the first time.”

Members past and present along with representatives from the companies which have been involved in the construction joined the service of thanksgiving on Saturday November 26.

Led by Rev White and Rev Lisa Rainer, the service began with Simon Fyfe, director of Crawley-based building company Caldyne Ltd ceremoniously handing over the front door keys to founder members Margaret Tingley and Mavis Pardoe who cut the ribbon, declaring the new church officially open. The design and project architects Trevor Tilley and Devroy Wilson from the firm RDJW Architects were also present. For more information about hiring a room email secretary@trbc.info or call the church office on 01403 240729.