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. 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 include 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.
Since the end of 2008 when the plans were approved by the Diocese and planning permission was obtained we have raised some £34,000 through gifts and fund-raising events. In 2012 we received an amazing offer from two local builders of time and materials equivalent to around £100,000. We have also already obtained grants of £26,000 and a legacy of £20,000 which have enabled Phase 1 of the project (building the waterproof shell of the annexe) to be fully-funded and work on this started in August 2014 and was completed at the end of 2018. We are currently raising the the remaining money we need for Phase 2 which is completion of the interior and the fitting out.