Facilities Project

St Paul's Open Space Project is to improve the facilities of the church building in the following ways:  . 

  1. Build an extension at the north-west corner of the nave to provide:​​​​​
    • toilets, including one for the disabled, with baby changing facilities
    • a kitchen capable of providing cooked food and catering for large events in the church
    • a small café area and meeting space
    • access from the church and the exterior
  2. Build porches to improve the west and south nave entrances so that they are more open and fully accessible, while also improving them as fire exits and reducing heat loss.
  3. Provide water and drainage services to the south west corner of the nave so that a servery can be created.
  4. Relocate the World War Two memorial name plaques to a suitable location to be determined.
  5. In the medium/longer term to remove wooden choir stalls from chance to open up the area and make a more flexible space, particularly for schools use and concerts.
  6. Create much needed storage space in the north side chapel area.

 

Click here to see drawings of the project

Why do we need to do this? As well as being used for Sunday worship, the church building is much in use during the week.  Activities range from Stepping Stones for babies and toddlers, to Youth Space for year 7s, from Messy Church on Mondays to Tea and Chat on Thursdays.  In November 2023 we became a new venue for the Runnymede Foodbank.. Each year in December we hold the Egham Hythe Christmas Tree Festival. Our three local schools (The Hythe, Thorpe Lea and Magna Carta) make good use of the space, as do the local scout and girl guide units, and the Air Training Corps.  We often host musicians from Royal Holloway University and Surrey Arts.  Improving the facilities will enable us to make these offerings more accessible, and help us develop further activities that will benefit the community of Egham Hythe.

Where are we now in the process? We have planning consent from Runnymede Borough Council and in May 2024 are in the process of obtaining the relevant consents from the church authority (a Faculty Permission from the Guildford Diocese). St Paul's will only be able to accomplish this project if we are able to secure grant funding.  Our initial application to Your Fund Surrey has resulted in us being able to progress to a full application.  We are now seeking to progress the full application with Your Fund Surrey.  This is a complex process which among other things has to show local support, so we very much welcome your input about the benefits of the project in serving the community here in Egham Hythe.  

How can you help? Thank you to all who have engaged so far with this project to improve the facilities of the church, and for the encouragement about how much you value the contribution of St Pauls to our community. Please email us at openspace@speh.org.uk if you would like to comment.

 

 

 

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