All Saints’, Craigyhill, will host a special event on September 22 to launch the completion of a £50,000 refurbishment of the church hall.
The building has had a complete facelift with a new larger kitchen, access ramp and toilet for the disabled plus new windows and doors and a complete repaint and polish inside.
The refurbishment was paid for with the help of a grant from the International Fund for Ireland administered by the Rural Development Council as part of the ‘Maximising Community Space Crossing Borders Programme’ and representatives from both organisations will be at the launch at 7.30pm.
Other guests will include members of local community groups and clergy from various denominations. Proceedings will begin in the church with a welcome from Deputy Mayor Councillor Michael Lynch, MBE, followed by choir performances from two local primary schools – Linn Primary and St Anthony’s, Antiville. Afterwards the congregation will make their way down to the hall for a prayer of dedication led by the Stephen Forde, Archdeacon of Dalriada, followed by refreshments.
Roger Thompson, rector of St Patrick’s with All Saints’, said: “We are delighted with our renovated hall and are so grateful for the funding we received to make the work possible. We now look forward to seeing it being used by groups from all sections of our community. It will be great to have new life breathed into the hall through classes and clubs or parties and functions for all age groups. This development is a turning point for us as we strive to support local residents and hopefully draw in new members.”
Anyone who would like to see the refurbishments at first hand is welcome to come along on Thursday September 22 at 7.30pm. Anyone interested in using the hall should contact Roger Thompson on 028 2858 3220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.