Hub heart for com­mu­nity

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

GOLD HILL Bap­tist Church has bought a new build­ing in Chal­font St Peter.

It is hoped the site – known lo­cally as the Ran­dall Build­ing on Church Lane – will cre­ate a new ‘com­mu­nity hub’.

Lead pas­tor, Rev­erend Mal­colm Duncan, said: “Gold Hill Bap­tist Church has served the com­mu­ni­ties of Chal­font St Peter and the sur­round­ing ar­eas for 250 years and for more than four decades we have been ex­plor­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of de­vel­op­ing an ad­di­tional venue that could be used to bless, serve and strengthen the peo­ple of the area. We are thrilled that we have been able to ac­quire a site at the heart of the vil­lage and se­cure it for the good of the wider com­mu­nity.”

The plans will bring much needed ad­di­tional space for lo­cal char­i­ties, churches, com­mu­nity groups and commerce to work to­gether.

Over the next few months con­sul­ta­tions will be car­ried out so the new cen­tre can have max­i­mum im­pact when it opens. Or­gan­is­ers are keen to hear from as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to cre­ate the best use of the space.

The leader of the HubHeartHome project team, Rev­erend James Simmons, said: “We have re­ceived warm sup­port from the lead­ers of the Parish Church and we look for­ward to work­ing with them, other churches, schools, char­i­ties, the Youth Cen­tre, the coun­cils and commerce to cre­ate a cen­tre that is fit for pur­pose and able to sup­port our com­mu­nity for many years to come.”

“We live in a fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity and this fa­cil­ity will fur­ther strengthen our vil­lage,” Rev Duncan added.

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