St Mary's Handbridge Centre

9th February 2018

The work on the new Centre is progressing well and is on schedule. The roof was put on before Christmas, followed by the inner walls, and the external brickwork is now being laid.

The formal opening of the Centre will take place on Sunday 10th June at 6.30pm. The Bishop of Chester will be presiding over the opening ceremony.

21st December 2017

Over the past week the roof has been put on!

Update 27th September 2017

Demolition of the old Church Hall has commenced this week, in preparation for the new build!


We are, however, still actively fundraising to cover the costs of fitting out the new building and £100,000 is still required to achieve this.



After three years of serious planning and fundraising, the building of a new Community Centre in Handbridge will start in September. Completion is expected in June 2018.
The new centre will be a hub for community activities across the whole age range, from the very young through to the elderly. Provision includes a hall and two community rooms to meet the needs of a range of organisations, groups and clubs. All the rooms will be linked to Wifi and in the main rooms audio and visual presentation equipment will be provided. A commercial standard kitchen will provide very good facilities for catering.

A servery area within the main area of the Centre, where light refreshments can be prepared, will provide a pleasant place for relaxation and socialising.
A new car park will be located on additional land kindly donated by the Grosvenor Estate. The recent archaeological excavation has revealed that the site was part of a small Roman farm enclosure, similar to a number of others found in the area. There is also evidence of a late post-medieval clamp kiln, which was used to manufacture bricks for local use.

During the building period, groups, who have used the current hall over many decades, are being temporarily relocated to other venues in the area. The interior of the church has been re-organised to provide space for storage and for some groups to hold their regular meetings.
Two portacabins have been placed in the grounds of the church to provide a Parish Office and proper toilets.

Those involved in leading the development of the Centre are very grateful for the support of the community. Fundraising has obviously been a real challenge and we appreciate the loyal dedication of so many people who have pledged and donated money. A wide variety of fundraising activities have been organised over the past three years, making a valuable contribution to reaching our funding target this year.
We are delighted that Razia Daniels, the Lord Mayor of Chester, has chosen the building of the new Centre as one of her charities for fundraising during her tenure in office. Our local MP Chris Matheson has also been very active in supporting the development. We thank them both sincerely for their interest and commitment.

The money raised so far covers the building of the new Centre. Because building costs tend to increase considerably over time, a substantial loan of £250,000 has been taken out to enable building to start this year. This loan will obviously have to be repaid through additional fundraising or the income generated by the new Centre once it is in full use.
We are, however, still actively fundraising to cover the costs of fitting out the new building and £100,000 is still required to achieve this.

If you wish to know more about the new Centre or would be willing to make a donation, please email Ted Graham at








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