Residents of North Holmwood can at last use their new community hall at St John the Evangelist church following the official opening by the Bishop of Guildford.
Bishop Andrew Watson led the morning service before opening the new hall. After the Bishop officially opened the new building, attendees were offered lunch and were able to enjoy the performance of the Loud and Proud community choir in St John’s church.
The successful initiative to replace a previous, and now outdated room was officially launched in 2006, but a further ten years of planning and fundraising were required to finish the project.
£300,000 was raised to make the dream a reality by initiatives including curry nights, quizzes and garden parties. Further money was raised through a chance for people to make their mark on the hall with a ‘Buy a Brick’ scheme.
The community building includes two separate halls, kitchen and reception areas and has enough space to host functions, as well as serving as a meeting area. Among other events to be held there the hall is now available to book for private functions.
Revd Stuart Tanswell said, “This community building is based on the vision of my predecessor for the parish, the late Revd Caroline Corry, I am delighted that we have been able to achieve her dream. It was very special to be able to welcome Bishop Andrew to the parish and the whole community was thrilled to celebrate this milestone which will have such an effect on the local community.”