New Church House
New Church House (often known as NCH) was completed in 2007, following a major fund-raising initiative Situated on the north side of the main church, away from the road, it provides wonderful facilities for the chruch and the village. It can be accessed from inside the church, using the doors by the choir stalls, and from the extenal entrance from Church Street on the eastern side of the church yard.
New Church House compliments the facilities within the main church, providing space for meetings and Sunday school activities, as well as social events and a weekly community café. The building is also offered for related community uses. (See the Booking Details link on the menu.)
Internally, the building is warm and inviting, with views out towards the eastern churchyard and memorial garden.It is fully disabled-accessible, with a lift by the entrance from the church.
It comprises one main room which divides into three smaller rooms, a fourth ‘quiet’ room, a foyer, a kitchen, toilets and a small, sunny courtyard.
The main room can seat 65 for a sit-down meal and 85 for a lecture, using its integral screen, data projector and sound system. The building is used for the junior church groups and coffee after the main Sunday service.
NCH is designed to high standards, with energy efficiency in mind, and includes a ground source heat pump as part of the integrated heating system. (See the link to GSHP Heating under the "Church Building" menu on the left.)
The number and variety of activities that take place at St Mary’s have increased significantly since NCH opened. Social interaction has increased dramatically which has also led to increased concern and care for each other.
We already have a monthly lunch for local people who are carers, and a weekly community café in collaboration with the Parish Council.
We continue to look for new ways to use this incredible resource.