New era for church

All Saints Church Roffey plans
All Saints Church Roffey plans

A ROFFEY reverend is ‘excited’ about plans to build a new parish church centre.

All Saints Church, Crawley Road has submitted plans to Horsham District Council for the existing parish room and boiler house to be demolished to make way for a new Parish Church Centre.

All Saints Church Roffey plans

All Saints Church Roffey plans

The Reverend Father Kevin Agnew and church warden Heinrich Richheimer told the County Times about their excitement at being able to offer more to their congregation.

“The parish hall at the moment has served us well but it no longer has the facilities we need,” said Father Agnew. “We want to be able to offer our congregation more and this new building will enable us to do that.”

The plans include a new walk way from the church to the centre, a meeting room, parish office, toilet facilities, a kitchen, quiet room and a welcome area which will include a coffee area.

Heinrich said: “The reaction from the congregation has been very positive and they have already started giving generously to help fund the project.”

JPCT-31-01-12  All Saints Church Roffey, Crawley Road, Horsham RH12 4HF. Father Kevin Agnew, outside the old church centre with the plans of a proposed new  building. S12050211a -photo by Steve Cobb

JPCT-31-01-12 All Saints Church Roffey, Crawley Road, Horsham RH12 4HF. Father Kevin Agnew, outside the old church centre with the plans of a proposed new building. S12050211a -photo by Steve Cobb

On seeing the architect’s designs Father Agnew said: “We gave our wish list of what we wanted, and when I saw the drawings it was just wonderful.

“We aren’t architects so we weren’t sure what we were asking could be done but we are really happy with what has been produced.”

Both Father Agnew and Heinrich did not want a building that would draw attention away from the church, but one to compliment the existing grade II listed structure.

“With all the glass it will be a beacon of light,” said Heinrich, “When people drive past we want them to see the building and want to find out more.”

The church was built in 1878 by Gertrude Martin as a gift to the parish after her husband died.

Both Heinrich and Father Agnew agreed that they wanted the church to have a future in the community.

Heinrich added: “We inherited this church and we want to add something that can be used by future generations.”

To look at the plans for the new parish centre visit: http://public-access.horsham.gov.uk/public-access/ and enter reference number DC/12/0165.