There is a buzz on North Street in Crewe with a strange new building in the stages of being built.
Rumours have been circulating about what it might be – a car showroom is where the word on the street seems to be.
However, something far more exciting is taking shape – a new centre for the local community on the site of the former North Street Methodist church.
North Street Methodist Church opened in 1869, and until 2012, there was a worshipping community on the site. However it was discovered that the building was structurally unsound, and this gave way to an exciting new possibility… That the Church could start afresh!
The congregation at the time was merged with Bradfield Road Methodist Church, only 1/2 mile away, to become Coppenhall Methodist Church.
The Bradfield Road site was completely renovated and refurbished to make it more suitable for use in the 21st century, and now hosts a range of activities from Methodist Worship to Children’s activities to knitting and Weight Watchers!
The land at North Street was sold off to Wulvern Housing, and 18 social housing apartments are being built to the rear of the land, with a new church/community centre being built at the front of the land.
The Methodist Church is now actively exploring how the building can be used, both as a new form of church to engage people with faith and spirituality in today’s world, and as a centre which is used by the local community for a variety of uses.
The new Centre is currently being built, but work has already begun on what might take place there.
The new Centre will have a coffee shop/cafe at its heart, providing both a space for people to socialise, and a central point from which other services and activities can be run.
The centre would love to hear ideas from local residents and the local community about what they would like to see in the new centre… At this stage, no idea is too obscure – dream big and think about what you would like to see.