New look for Chorley URC
On January 13th 2020 we embarked on an ambitious £500,000 refurbishment of the church building.
Throughout the project the Halls will remain open as usual, only the sanctuary is included in the current work.
The work is scheduled to last until early May 2020.
Parking arrangements around the church will change but parking will be available and vehicle access to the Hall entrances will continue.
Sunday morning worship will take place in the main hall until the sanctuary reopens.
The project will create a multi-purpose, accessible, warm and welcoming church building suitable for 2020. This will be achieved by removing the pews, levelling the floor and creating a new, accessible front entrance. The project will also include see new lighting, heating, and audio-visual provision installed.
After the building work the the space will be much more 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 will retain 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 is now 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.
As our Minister Rev Martin Whiffen said “It will be a sad moment when we say to goodbye to the building as we have known it, but we are really excited about worshipping in the re-ordered church"
You can keep up with progress on the work in our News & Blog section
The Hollinshead Centre
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 and the Halls are unaffected by the work that will soon be underway.