St. Bridgets's community centre opening 2012

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PICTURED (L to R) are: Bishop Keith; project leader Martin Harrison; Montse; Esther McVey MP; architect Alisdair MacDonald; the Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral, Gerry and Margaret Ellis; and Rector, the Revd John Bleazard.The Bishop of Birkenhead was in West Kirby recently for the opening of the new St Bridget's Centre - a modern, accessible and sustainable building which replaces the dilapidated 1968 hall. Parishioner Montse Benitez - wife of former Liverpool FC manager, Rafa - unveiled the plaque. The parish has raised nearly �1 million over six years for the project through donations, grants and events.

Bookings from a wide variety of church and community groups are filling up the diary, from ante-natal groups to zumba classes.

Pictured  (L to R) are: Bishop Keith; project leader Martin Harrison; Montse; Esther McVey MP; architect Alisdair MacDonald; the Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral, Gerry and Margaret Ellis; and Rector, the Revd John Bleazard. And pictured below is the smart new exterior of the centre.

The 19th century stone-built elements of the original centre and its linked Charles Dawson Brown Museum (for stone artefacts) have been renovated and incorporated almost seamlessly into the new complex.

Visitors see an exterior in harmony with the ancient sandstone church, and an interior full of light and up-to-date facilities. There are two large rooms plus a well-equipped kitchen, parish office, the museum and plenty of storage space. Solar panels adorn the roof and a there is a purpose-built FairTrade shop display.

The new Rector, the Revd John Bleazard, has seen the work through to completion and looks forward to the opportunities for outward-looking ministry that the centre provides.

For more information and bookings, email office@stbridgetschurch.org.uk

The smart new St Bridget's Centre