New Church Centre for Dorridge

29th September 2020

At a ceremony attended by local dignitaries last week the first foundations were laid for a brand new church and community centre in Dorridge. Blessed by the Bishop David Urquhart and applauded by West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, the new centre will offer a wide range of facilities for all ages in an area where population growth has outstripped the supply of modern local community facilities.

Rev Duncan Hill-Brown, vicar at St Philips Church, explains: “The old church, bult in 1878, and the hall were sadly outdated and it became obvious that the sensible option was to demolish these buildings and construct a modern purpose built centre with facilities that would far outstrip what we have at present. As well as a multi use  worship space there will be a sports hall, meeting rooms, a permanent creche and youth room plus a much needed Public Information Centre. We aim to put the heart, a Christian heart, back into the heart of Dorridge.”

Keir, a construction and infrastructure services company,  were appointed in 2012 and have worked closely with St Philips in developing the final design in line with funding projections with the  construction start eventually approved in April 2020. Bricks and stone from the old church have been used in the foundations together with stones inscribed with memories and hopes for the future. The beautiful stained glass east window has been painstakingly removed to incorporate into the new worship space.

The project has been funded largely by the generosity of the church congregation who have donated in excess of £3million which will cover the cost of the church and community centre. However fundraising is still continuing as a further £950,000 is required to complete the internal fixtures and fixtures in the community centre part of the building.

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