A new church for Westward Ho!

WESTWARD Ho! should have a new Baptist Church before the end of this year. Having outgrown its previous 115-year-old building, work is now under way on the building of a new multi-purpose church centre in Nelson Drive, fronting on to the resort s main car

WESTWARD Ho! should have a new Baptist Church before the end of this year.

Having outgrown its previous 115-year-old building, work is now under way on the building of a new multi-purpose church centre in Nelson Drive, fronting on to the resort's main car park.

The �650,000 project will provide a modern multi-purpose hall capable of accommodating 250-270 people, plus other meeting rooms, kitchen, toilets and disabled access in the centre of the community.

The current church hall, adjacent to the new build, will also remain.


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Minister, the Reverend Steve Robinson, told the Gazette that all the church's buildings were used for the benefit of the community. A variety of groups were run, catering for all ages and backgrounds and others, outside of the church's own groups, also used their facilities.

The design of the new building would, hopefully, blend in with its surroundings, he said. But it would be recognisable as a church by the depiction of a cross in the glazing of its window facing to the south and west.

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To help finance the project, the old church building has been sold and planning approval has been obtained for land to the rear of the manse, which it is also planned to sell.

In addition, loans have been approved from the Baptist Union and Baptist Building Fund.

The builders moved on site in the middle of January for a contract which is expected to take 40 weeks.

Spoil from the initial levelling of the site has already been put to good use, with 800 tonnes of earth being used to help in the building of a new top-standard BMX track at Pollyfield, East-the-Water, Bideford.

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