Following the launch of its ongoing fundraising appeal, St Thomas’ Church has leased the old Wednesfield Library on Church Street and work has already begun to convert the building into a new church and community centre for the town.
Launched in the summer of 2011, the St Thomas’ Church and Centre appeal has already raised £112,000. To date, just over £20,000 of this money has been spent on the church roof, securing the church itself for future generations to enjoy. The rest of the money is being used to convert the old library into a new church and community centre and in addition, to repair the existing church clock, a much-loved local landmark. Talking about the project, the Reverend Nick Watson said,
“We are hugely grateful to all who have contributed in different ways to our appeal – the amount raised is a truly amazing achievement! We are also grateful to Wolverhampton City Council for leasing us the old library building in order that it might continue to be a place that serves its local community. We are excited about the opportunities the new centre will bring.”
Work on the old library is due for completion in Spring 2014 and it is hoped that it will house activities such as church events, youth groups, toddler groups, a senior citizens club and more. It will also be available for use by community groups, such as exercise classes, or by individuals as an affordable and conveniently-located function or meeting room. Those interested in hiring space in the new centre are asked to contact the Team Rector, Reverend Nick Watson on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01902 731462.