Church sets out vi­sion for the fu­ture

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS - By PHIL CREIGHTON news@wok­ing­ham­pa­per.co.uk

A WOK­ING­HAM town cen­tre church is look­ing to the fu­ture af­ter un­veil­ing its vi­sion for its build­ings.

All Saints in Wilt­shire Road is look­ing to en­hance its build­ing by re­mov­ing pews and adding a new par­ish room.

The his­toric church re­cently show­cased its ideas with a se­ries of pre­sen­ta­tions. At them, Canon David Hodg­son, the church’s rec­tor, in­tro­duced the vi­sion for the changes be­fore wel­com­ing a spokesper­son from ar­chi­tects Acan­thus Clews to ex­plain how the project could be built.

Now it the church is ask­ing res­i­dents to have their say on the plans.

The aim is to re­vi­talise the his­toric build­ing, so that it can be used by the com­mu­nity, for con­fer­ences, for mu­sic and for events.

Plans in­clude a new floor and, by ditch­ing the pews, new seats will al­low for dif­fer­ent seat­ing con­fig­u­ra­tions. A large wel­come area will al­low for cafe ta­bles to be in­stalled, along with re­fresh­ment fa­cil­i­ties.

Toi­lets would also be in­stalled.

The new room would be linked to the church at the north east cor­ner, pro­vid­ing an ad­di­tional sep­a­rate but con­nected space.

Other en­hance­ments would in­clude new light­ing, the lat­est au­dio vis­ual equip­ment and wifi.

Canon Hodg­son said: “A church that stands still goes back­wards.

“We've had an evening where I've ex­plained the vi­sion we have to make big changes in­side the church to en­able it to be­come much more open, much more avail­able and ac­ces­si­ble for the whole com­mu­nity.

“We’ve got plans to cre­ate much more space within the build­ing so that it can be more flex­i­ble, so that the build­ing can be used to its full po­ten­tial.

“We’re ask­ing peo­ple to give their re­sponses to the plans and share their thoughts. We’re still at that process of con­sul­ta­tion.

“We have achieved a sig­nif­i­cant land­mark in that we are pre­sent­ing the plans which have been given a green light by dioce­san au­thor­i­ties and the var­i­ous plan­ning bod­ies we needed to con­sult.”

The church has set up a web­site to out­line its vi­sion and of­fer ways for peo­ple to share their in­sights. It be found at www.cc2020.org.uk

For more on the plans, watch our video at wok­ing­ham.to­day

Pic­ture: Phil Creighton

Mem­bers of All Saints Church’s 2020 project team pre­sented their vi­sion for the church at a spe­cial drop-in ses­sion held in the sum­mer

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