Buckland’s big dream gets underway
The long wait is over for the people of Buckland, in Portsmouth, as a large restoration project kicks off to benefit the whole community.
Support and community groups which meet at Buckland United Reformed Church, in Kingston Road, will benefit from plans to upgrade the church building, including:
Debt advice meetings
A Friendship Club
A weekly soup kitchen offering hot food, a sleeping bag and clothes
Rainbows, Brownies & Girl Guides
Small businesses needing office space and any group wishing to hire training facilities
The new look interior of the church will include a welcoming coffee bar at the entrance. When the old gallery is removed, more natural light will flood into the building. It will free up space for a bright and contemporary area where the church’s usual worship can take place, as well as being available to the community for conferences and meetings.
A new floor at the former gallery level, accessed by stairs and ultimately a lift, will provide an exciting space for the arts. Meeting rooms and a sports hall are available at the church too, and will remain open for business while the work continues.
Minister Cliff Bembridge said that after three years in the planning, the congregation and all the groups who would benefit from the new facilities were looking forward to seeing the finished result.
“It is so exciting to see the builders on site and to know that our dream of more fully engaging with our local community is a step nearer. We are so grateful to ATL for its support.”
ATL Grants Officer Paul Playford said: “Among the people who really need Buckland Church are the homeless and those who are unable to make ends meet. What Cliff and the congregation at Buckland are doing is offering a lifeline to people who are in great need, as well as welcoming those who will use the church space for self development and fun. This committed congregation are living proof of Christian values in action. ATL had no hesitation in approving a significant grant for their project.”
For more information about Buckland URC Church and its support for the community, visit their website.