THE VILLAGE CENTRE IN THE NEWS
- Article on getsurrey.co.uk – “Church community centre is granted council funding”, September 2009
- Article on getsurrey.co.uk – “Village plan praised by councillors”, November 2008
- The former Methodist Church, Englefield Green – Now a community centre, thereby disqualifying it from the title of “The Ugliest Church in Christendom”
- Village centre aiming to be new community ‘hub’ – article on ‘Get Surrey’ September 13th 2010
- Living & Ageing Well Award – Surrey County Council 2014
The steel girders are now in place at the rear of the building, these will support the new roof. We just need some dry weather so that the builders can complete the roof and start work on the inside
Progress has been made on the roof. See photos below:
Phase one, which is the completion of the rear of the building, is on target to be finished by mid-May. Bookings are now being taken for hire of the rear hall and small meeting room, please contact us for more information.
Phase two will begin shortly afterwards and will involve the refurbishment of the front section of the building, to provide a coffee bar and seating area.
Phase three is the funding of a Centre Manager. Our aim is to be completely open and up and running as from the 25th September 2010.
Donations are still needed to see the work completed and to help towards start up costs, please email us if you can help.
Phase one will soon be completed, which means that the rear part of the Methodist building has been rebuilt and refurbished to offer modern facilities ready for hire. Please pray that we can now begin to establish some good resources for the local community. Phase two should begin almost immediately which will involve the front section of the building being refurbished to provide a Community Café.
We urgently need to build up our volunteer base both for the Community Cafe and the Social Services Contact Centre. Both of these provide a wonderful way of serving our community and offering the love of God. Two ‘Building a Team’ sessions took place in June 2010 – see the volunteer page for a summary and information about volunteering.
Monday 23rd August – The Last Duel Private Screening:
Sweet Pictures held a private screening of a short film, The Last Duel, for the Englefield Green community at the Village Centre. About 40 people came to watch the film and it was very well received. Local historian Chris Rowley requested a copy of the film for the Egham Museum and also offered to put us in touch with the Great Great Granddaughter of Cournet (one of the main characters in the film).
At long last, after lots of hard work, planning and raising funds, Rendezvous Community Cafe opens its doors to the public on Saturday 25th September from 10am -2pm. Between these hours hot drinks and cakes will be free in exchange for a generous donation to help us pay off our final debts. Please join us and come and have a look around our amazing premises.
The Village Centre is now open and has many services up and running already, including toddler groups, pilates and dance classes, and much more. Rendezvous Cafe is open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm and offers lovely homemade cakes with a great atmosphere. Come along and have a look around.
December saw the Village Centre’s first Murder Mystery Evening, which was a great success. There was also a free Christmas Day Lunch for those who are alone at Christmas.. this was a great success, with Santa dropping in some presents for everyone too. We hope to hold a similar Christmas Day Lunch for 2011 also.
About thirty eight people sat down to New Year’s Day Lunch in the Village Centre, a few more than we had expected, so there were not many second helpings, which was probably better for all our waistlines! People since have been kind enough to say what a lovely lunch it was and how much they enjoyed it. There were also comments that our eleven year old helper, Stacey, was a gem. Over lunch there was a ‘Towns’ puzzle, which teased brains a bit, and which Paddy’s table won. After lunch we recapped Christmas and Epiphany as we watched the Matthew DVD covering the birth of Jesus up to his baptism. The profit after expenses amounted to £158, which I have sent to Smile for the Clinic in Skopje, Macedonia and for its outreach health teams in the surrounding rural area.
Congratulations to Carol Lawford, one of our local PCSO’s, for winning our Christmas Quiz. If entrants would like a copy of the answers please contact Linda.
Another very successful Murder Mystery dinner was held in February as well as the “Christianity Explored” course which met weekly for 10 weeks. We are hoping to follow this up with another course so keep an eye on the website for further details.
In March we appointed Wendy Timoney as Linda’s assistant and it has been good to see Wendy settling into the role. This means that after Easter we will be able to open on Saturdays from 10.00am -2.00pm.
Activities at the centre now include a children’s theatre group, Pilates, Street dance, Zumba dance, Music with Mummy, Jo-Jingles as well as Crusaders, Impact Youth Club, an afterschool on Mondays for 14 -18 year olds and of course The Journey Church meets every Sunday at 11.00 am. They offer a free community lunch on the first Sunday of each month. There was also an ‘F Word’ exhibition (F stands for Forgiveness!) which was a great success
Finally, if you are into baking or making jams, preserves etc, we would like to make use of your skills. Please get in touch.
The Computer Room at the Village Centre is now complete. See here for more information and opening times.
Courtesy of Surrey County Council July has seen the audio/visual equipment being set up in the Cafe Rendezvous.. now the Village Centre will be offering film evenings and showings starting with the film “The Wrong Box” which was filmed partially on Englefield Green
See photos below of a community craft project organised by Runnymede Borough Council. See this website for more details about the workshop.
Mural Unveiling April 2012: