Church building reordering

On January 13th 2020 we embarked on an ambitious £500,000 refurbishment of the church building.

The project has created a multi-purpose, accessible, warm and welcoming church building suitable for 2020. We removed the pews, leveled the floor and created a new, accessible front entrance. The work also included see new lighting, heating, and audio-visual.

The Sanctuary is now useable for a whole range of activities including exhibitions, drama, choirs, poetry readings and all kinds of concerts from classical to rock. Our architects have worked hard to ensure that the refurbished space retained the character of the building as we have known it for many years.

The new seating and staging will allow the space to be cleared completely for exhibitions, set up ‘in-the-round’ for plays or set up much as it used to be for ceremonial occasions. Of course, a range of worship styles will be accommodated too, including our existing traditional and cafe church services.

We’re excited to be creating a space in which we can develop our work with the community, building on projects like Open Kitchen and the Repair Cafe, and our part in Chorley Live.

You can keep up with progress on the work in our News & Blog section

The Hollinshead Centre

An architects elevation drawing of the proposed centre and the existing church building
An architects elevation drawing of the proposed centre and the existing church building

We also have plans to create ‘the Hollinshead Centre’, a new community facility for Chorley. 

We plan to retain our refurbished Church and existing Memorial Gardens, but to demolish our other halls etc and replace them with a new, purpose built facility on land that we currently use for car parking.

Our new buildings will include a Community Cafe, large and medium sized halls, meeting rooms, office space, IT suite and will give us the space we need to develop and grow our work.

This part of the project remains in the planning stage, head over to the Centre appeal website for more information

An architects render of the proposed Hollinshead Center
An architects render of the proposed Hollinshead Center