St Andrew’s Church Hall rising from the ashes

St Andrew's Church hall fire
St Andrew's Church hall fire

WORK to rebuild St Andrew’s Church Hall which was destroyed in an arson attack is set to start this week.

Flames ripped through the building in Seaside Road in May last year, leaving community groups and the Rising Stars Pre-school without a meeting place.

But now a bigger hall with better facilities is due to be built. The work was due to start at the site today (September 5) and Father David King says members of the church and local community, many of whom helped to fundraise for a new hall, are ‘delighted’.

He said, “Since the fire, the church has also been without a regular venue for fundraising and social events, so the news that work on the construction of a new hall will begin soon was greeted with great excitement and enthusiasm.”

A large fete on the Archery Recreation Ground helped to raise cash for the project this summer and there have been many other fundraising events since the fire.

However, there is still a large amount of fundraising that needs to be done before the project can be completed.

Father David added, “Insurance settlements will cover the majority of the building costs, but there are a number of parts of the project that will not be covered by insurance, such as drainage, groundwork and landscaping all of which will add to the final bill.”

So the fundraising continues. On Saturday (September 3), Father David and his son took part in a 58-mile cycle from Chichester Cathedral to St Andrew’s Church.

The pair were sponsored by friends, family and supporters of the church.

Any donations towards the project can be handed in or posted to the Vicarage, 425 Seaside, next to St Andrew’s Church.