St. John the Evangelist Essington West End Build (WEB) Community Project
This project is
to build a multipurpose facility attached to the West end of our church which will be open and accessible to the whole community as soon as the coronavirus emergency allows. In addition to providing toilet and refreshment facilities and disabled access for all those attending services and functions in the existing Church building it has been designed to be a focus for information and a meeting place for a wide range of people in a safe and comfortable environment. It will includes a ramped entrance, welcome area, 2 toilets (1 with disabled facilities), a small kitchen, a community/meeting room capable of seating up to 60 people, a storeroom and a small office.
The project aims to make the Church building more fit for and relevant to the 21n century and to increase its usefulness to the whole community. The need for a ramped entrance and a kitchen and toilet facilities speak for themselves. Currently our only water supply is a cold tap hidden away in the vestry area. Water has to be carried in bottles the full length of the building just to provide basic refreshments for visitors. In addition to being used for a wide variety of activities, the community/meeting room will be open and available as a drop-in centre most weekdays.
It is now the beginning of October 2019. The walls and ceilings are plastered. A whole has been made for the doo to the knave of the church. The kitchen has been fitted and work has started on the provision of electricity and water.
It is now June 2020 and it is ready!