Thursday, 13 October 2016

St Mary’s Handbridge Centre gains planning consent



The £1.5m vision to create a new community centre in Handbridge is one step closer after gaining planning consent.

The development at St Mary’s Without-the-Walls Church in Handbridge will see the dilapidated church hall being replaced with a bigger and better building. This is seen as an opportunity by the church to serve the community by building a centre for the whole community.

The purpose-built centre will be the hub of the community. It will meet the needs of all the residents of Handbridge, from the very young through to the elderly. This is an important social development for Chester south of the river.

Two thirds of the cost of the building has already been raised through local donations, grants from charities and extensive fundraising. To meet the funding target to build in the summer of 2017 is challenging. The MP Chris Matheson has been very active in supporting the development.

A number of fundraising strategies are in place, but to raise the money required we need the support of the Chester Council, the community and businesses in the area. The nearby companies, on the Wrexham Road Business Park for example, have a social responsibility to the area in which they operate and it would be ideal if they could support this development. MBNA has already generously responded by donating £40,000 for the centre. It would be wonderful if other local companies could also make a generous contribution.

Donations for this important development are very welcome and can be made in the following ways:

A cheque payable to ‘St Mary’s PCC Handbridge Centre’ or cash to:

The Parish Office

St Mary’s With-out-the Walls

Overleigh road




There is also an online JustGiving site for donations linked to St Marys Handbridge Centre.

Enquires about the new centre can be made to:

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Parish Weekend 2nd – 4th September 2016

38 people attended the Parish Weekend in the beautiful surroundings  of Rydal Hall in the Lake District.
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The weekend was led by Margaret Silf, who had taken early retirement to devote more of her time to creative forms of writing, accompanying others in their prayer journeys and leading retreats. Her writing springs from personal prayer and is an expression of her own journey with God. 
Margaret focussed on a number of topics including what prayer means in the ordinary everyday-ness of our lives; the preciousness of our lives to ourselves, to others and, above all, to God; and to seek ways to allow God to transform our routine trudge through life into a place where the Kingdom is coming.

There was also time for relaxing on a rather wet Saturday afternoon, whilst on the Saturday evening Colin Pickering organised a Quiz, followed by a Barn Dance, led by Alistair and Catherine Jones.
A thought provoking and most enjoyable weekend.