SHIRLEY Baptist Church is offering a last chance to see their almost hundred year old halls before they are demolished as part of a £2m development.
After raising the incredible target, the Stratford Road church is ready to remove its old halls, built from 1913 onwards, to give way to a whole set of brand new buildings.
Paul Campion, senior minister, said: “Initially, the £2 million needed seemed daunting. There have been several gift days, fund raising events and applications for grants and loans.
“Many members and friends of the church have generously and selflessly given their time and money to make this project possible. Gradually what seemed the impossible has become achievable.”
The buildings will blend with the Parkgate scheme and enable the church to have entrances both from Stratford Road and from the new pedestrian area within the Parkgate scheme.
Before tearing down the old buildings, the church is holding an open morning, from 10am-noon on Saturday (October 20) to give parishioners and residents a last look at the historic halls.
“Many people will have been in these halls for all kinds of different activities over the years, and this is an opportunity to remember the past and also to discover the church’s plans for the future,” Mr Campion added.
“Work will begin on site very soon after the open morning, so this really is the last opportunity to view the halls as they are now. Please come and talk with current members of the congregation, enjoy free refreshments and take in the views before demolition begins.”