Church finds permanent Hailsham home

Cllr Colin Belsey (left) and Andy Johnston
Cllr Colin Belsey (left) and Andy Johnston
  • Formal opening of The Ropemaker Centre
  • More than 250 people attend celebration
  • Developing further services for the community

The formal opening of the The Ropemaker Centre, the new and permanent home of ChristChurch, Hailsham, took place last week.

The opening was preceded by a reception attended by Cllr Colin Belsey, Chairman of East Sussex County Council, together with representatives of local and national charities which had contributed to the cost of transforming the building for its new use.

Others attending the reception were from CPL Architects based in Polegate. which specialises in church-based projects, and the building contractors Sovereign Construction and Caladine Accountants, both Eastbourne-based companies.

During the reception senior pastor Andy Johnston thanked all those who had contributed to the new centre both financially and through the building and furnishing work.

The reception was followed by a celebration attended by more than 250 people including members of the church, former members who were visiting for the occasion and other friends from the town and county.

Leaders of other local churches in Hailsham were also present. The preacher at the celebration was Andrew Wilson, from Kings Church, Eastbourne, and worship was led by Chris Williams, one of the pastors of the church.

Now the church has a permanent base, members will be developing further services for the community.

Already started is Little Gems, for parents and pre-schoolers, which meets at the venue on Tuesday mornings at 9.45am.

A new group entitled The Hub for older and retired people will be starting this month commencing with a monthly cream tea. The church already has an active youth group which meets every Friday evening.