Church seeks £400,000 to open community centre in Portishead

PUBLISHED: 15:30 12 December 2019

Rev Nick Moxon outside Portishead Methodist Church in the High Street.    Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Rev Nick Moxon outside Portishead Methodist Church in the High Street. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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A Portishead church is trying to raise the best part of half a million pounds to create a play area and café.

Rev Nick Moxon outside Portishead Methodist Church in the High Street.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONRev Nick Moxon outside Portishead Methodist Church in the High Street. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Rev Nick Moxon wants Portishead Methodist Church to offer something different to the rest of town and believes the venue has the space to do so.

However, it needs £400,000 to make the dream possible.

Spaces for community groups and small businesses to use are also planned.

Rev Moxon said: "As demand for use of our Wesley Centre continues to rise we have observed the need for a community coffee shop and town centre hub where people looking for a safe place in their busy lives can go.

Rev Nick Moxon outside Portishead Methodist Church in the High Street.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONRev Nick Moxon outside Portishead Methodist Church in the High Street. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

"We feel the church is ideally placed for this and our vision is to create a coffee shop, open six days a week, that will feel a safe and welcoming place for all ages and genders, those of faith and those who have none - everyone will be welcome.

"We also envisage always having a friendly face available if someone is lonely or wants to chat.

"The development will include two therapy or meeting rooms too and an outside seating area."

The project came about when the church, in High Street, started to look into upgrading its toilets and realised it was not maximising the storage space it was using.

An area for parents to bring children and socialise, for isolated pensioners to meet like-minded people and one for children to do homework after school, are all ideas of how to better use the facilities.

The church has raised £50,000 towards the project already, and with its own money has about £80-90,000 already secured.

But fundraisers will begin in earnest next year to get closer to the target.

The church is looking at fundraising ideas and welcomes input from the community.

Volunteers already run a number of events including a crèche, a monthly messy church, a toddler group and coffee mornings, but church leaders are keen to make the facilities more available for the community.

Anyone wishing to get involved can contact the church office on 01275 844917 or email portisheadmethodischurch@yahoo.co.uk

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