Church plans to preserve Beeston Town Hall
One of the largest churches in Nottingham is bidding to turn Beeston Town Hall into a community space that will offer activities and events for local people every day of the week.
Cornerstone Church, which traces its roots back over a hundred years, has a regular congregation of more than 1000 people and actively serves people of all ages and nationalities at its home on Castle Boulevard.
But as a city-wide church with the desire to better serve local communities, Cornerstone launched a new church in Beeston in September 2017 called Redeemer Church. Under their proposals, Beeston Town Hall would become Redeemer’s new home and enable the church to serve the local community even more effectively.
Commenting on the plans, Redeemer’s minister, Pete Brown, said:
“We are currently meeting at the Beeston Youth and Community Centre but we’re excited at the prospect of a building that will enable us to play a more active role in community life in Beeston and the surrounding area.
“I want us to make a genuine difference to the lives of many people in Beeston. This building would be a chance for us to bless more of our community and work together with others for lasting change. I believe that developing the Beeston Town Hall into a modern and vibrant local community hub will allow us to expand the work we are doing and particularly improve our service to the people here.”
Redeemer Church would seek to replicate the community services offered at its parent church, Cornerstone. This includes English-language classes, a money advice and debt counselling service as well as a toddlers’ group.
If the bid for the Town Hall is successful, it will mean preservation of an historic Beeston building for generations to come, a new community hub for the people of Beeston and a permanent home for Redeemer Church.
“We recognise and value the local historic importance of the building and our planned designs retain the key features of note such as the staircase, old council chamber and stained-glass window.
“Our vision for the Town Hall is a lively building, in use every day of the week, hosting a wide variety of activities and welcoming a diverse population from the community through its doors. We commit to ensuring ongoing public access to the Town Hall through these activities and will look to run open days during the year for people to come and see the building.”
Since arriving in Beeston, Redeemer Church have also looked to support the work of Hope Nottingham. Nigel Adams, Director of Hope Nottingham said:
“Since moving into Beeston less than a year ago, Redeemer Church have developed a very supportive relationship with Hope Nottingham, making a substantial difference to its work in transforming the lives of our most disadvantaged neighbours. Hope is very excited about the idea of developing this partnership further for the greater benefit of the wider community."