The members of Poynton Christian Fellowship are now bringing their dusters to the church in Park Lane every week. The "Dustbusters Team" has been working hard every week to get the church and meeting rooms ready for Sunday services during the period while the new extension is being built.
The building at 307 Park Lane, and occupied by PCF since 1981, was erected in 1832 in the Hockley area of Poyntonfor use as a Methodist chapel for local colliery workers and was extended in the early 20th century.
The church's buildings, which are also regularly used by a number of local groups and a theatre school, are being enlarged, modernised and refurbished in a two-phase operation, phase one of which will last until Christmas. The completed building will provide a community hall, bigger and better rooms upstairs, a new refreshment servery, a brand new kitchen, lift, toilet facilities and a much-needed extension to the main worship hall. The upgraded new building will meet all of the requirements of the Disabled Persons Discrimination Act and provide full access to all parts for all ages.
PCF Minister, Rev Andrew Allan says, "We love our building, but it is now showing its age and we are tight for space! These improvements will not only help us meet the needs of our growing congregation, but will also provide much needed facilities in the Hockley area as we seek to serve the community in Poynton and beyond."
The challenging design brief given to the architects, AGP Architects of Manchester, was to maximise the plot by extension and renovation whilst respecting the integrity of a much-loved historic building. AGP's Managing Director, Anton Rodgers says, "The new interior will protect the traditional features of this late Georgian building whilst including 21st century sophistication and comfort. Our hope is that our design will serve the needs of many future generations of Poynton as effectively as the original architect’s design 173 years ago!"
Poynton Christian Fellowship