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Church's drive to raise £500,000

PUBLISHED: 18:34 05 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:19 03 March 2010

AN IPSWICH church is pulling out the stops to raise £500,000 for a purpose-built community centre and sports hall.

Bramford Road Methodist Church are hoping to have the new facility up and running in 2003.

AN IPSWICH church is pulling out the stops to raise £500,000 for a purpose-built community centre and sports hall.

Bramford Road Methodist Church are hoping to have the new facility up and running in 2003.

Plans include a learning centre with computers linked to the internet to provide a safe environment for latchkey children and facilities for underprivileged youngsters to do their homework.

The sports hall will offer badminton, carpet bowls, keep fit, indoor football, along with art and craft exhibitions.

Tony Patterson, chief fundraiser, said funds have already started to flow in but appealed for more help.

He called for volunteers to answer telephone calls and help in the office and for donations of computers and printers.

"There has been a lot of work on the church in the last five years and the last phase of this will be the community centre.

"The church wanted to create an oasis in this area of Ipswich which will be for the people of this area and be run by the people in the area."

The ancillary buildings will be demolished and replaced by a two storey high premises with a fully equipped kitchen used for lunches and cookery classes, drop in facilities, new toilets, a baby changing room, disabled facilities, welcome lounge and meeting rooms.

It is hoped to start building work next autumn on the project which has been supported by the community, Ipswich borough council, social services and the LEA.

The bulk of the money will be raised through charitable trusts, although there is also a call for donations from local businesses.

Over the last five years work at Bramford Road Methodist Church has included a new road leading to Springfield infants and refurbishment of the worship centre and main hall.

The community centre is the fourth phase of redevelopment. A survey in January this year revealed people wanted facilities for children and a sports hall.

Minister Elizabeth Bellamy said: "Twenty years ago we had a vision to renew the entire building so it does its job better. It's job was to enable people to worship God and to serve our neighbours."

If you can donate your time, or an old computer or printer, contact Mr Patterson on 464327.

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