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Church Halls

Managing, improving or building new church halls


Managing events

Guidance available on the page covering events in churches and church halls


New build or redevelopment

A quality, well-resourced and maintained church hall can be a tremendous asset to a church, enabling a wide range of activities to take place for the church and local communities. It can also help generate regular income through room hire and/or long term lease. High quality buildings give a strong message to people that they matter and the work of the church is of high standard, reflecting The One to whom we serve.

We hope this information on recent capital work in the Diocese of Chester will be:

  • A celebration of improving church halls that enable churches to flourish more and be at the heart of local communities
  • A source of help and inspiration to churches considering such a project by signposting to those who have undertaken such a project

Further advice

Gaining further advice if your church is considering improving or building a new church hall:

  • Step 1: Decide on the scale and preferred location of the facilities and capture this in a Statement of Need. You may find the examples below helpful.  You may also want to compare notes with these churches as to how they developed and managed their project.
  • Step 2: Discuss the practicalities (e.g. heritage issues, storage, access, water supply, drainage etc etc) with your architect
  • Step 3: Once you have some outline proposals, you should seek early, informal advice from the DAC


Funding sources


Recent church hall improvements

Listed in alphabetical order by location

Bowdon, St Mary the Virgin (large, very modern hall, stand-alone)
Stamford Road (off B5162), Bowdon, WA14 2TR. Contact: John Lambie, Parish Centre Project Manager and Sue Sinagola, Fundraising Coordinator

Dukinfield, St John the Evangelist (large, very modern hall, linked to church)
Church Centre, Vicarage Drive/Oxford Road (B6175), Dukinfield, SK16 5HZ

Elworth, St Peter's. (large, modern hall), London Road, Elworth CW11 3HU

Hartford, St John the Baptist (large, modern hall, stand-alone)
Chester Road, Hartford, Northwich. CW8 1NP

Heswall, St Peter (large, very modern hall, stand-alone)
Village Road, Lower Heswall, CH60 0DZ

Higher Bebington, Christ Church (large, very modern hall, linked to church)
Kings Road (near Linkside), Higher Bebington, CH63 8LX

Minshull Vernon, St Peter (Leighton) (modern, stand-alone hall)
Middlewich Road, Minshull Vernon, Crewe, CW1 4RD
Contact: Revd Philip Goggin 

Poynton St George (stand-alone hall adjacent to church)
London Road South, Poynton, SK12 1NH

Prestbury, St Peter (major contemporary extension linked to church for  a Church Centre, opened winter 2015)
The Village, Prestbury, SK10 4DG

Upton-by-Chester, Holy Ascension (meeting room, toilet, kitchen- stone-faced to blend with building)
Church Lane, Upton, Chester, CH2 1DJ

Weaverham, St Mary the Virgin - The Lighthouse (stand-alone modern hall, toliet, kitchen), Church Street, Weaverham, Northwich CW8 3NJ

West Kirby, St Bridget (large hall, linked to church- stone-faced to blend with building)
St Bridget's Lane, West Kirby, CH48 3JT. Contact Martin Harrison, St Bridget's Centre Manager

Image credits

In order as they appear

  • West Kirby, St Bridget (interior)
  • Prestbury, St Peter
  • Bowdon, St Mary the Virgin
  • Hartford, St John the Baptist
  • Leighton-cum-Minshull Vernon, St Peter
  • Weaverham, St Mary the Virgin


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The DAC Office - The office of the Diocesan Advisory Commitee (DAC) has responsibility for progressing faculty applications and providing policy advice on church building matters.  The answer to most popular enquiries will be available via these web pages but do contact the DAC Office if not.  Where appropriate, the DAC Office can put you in touch with churches who have undertaken similar work to any scheme you might be proposing yourself.