St Mary's Handbridge Centre



After three years of planning and fundraising the building of a new Community Centre in Handbridge will start in September. Completion is expected in early 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. 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. We are, however, still 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 like to make a donation, please email Ted Graham at

Raising the additional money is a real challenge.
If all the funds required are raised, the whole community will benefit from a wonderful new Centre for many years to come.
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Parochial Church Council of St Mary Without-the-Walls, Chester.
St Mary’s PCC Handbridge Centre Account
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St Mary Without-the-Walls PCC, Chester, is a Charity Registered in England and Wales. No 1132533. 



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