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Bishop blesses foundations of new church and community centre in Solihull

18 September 2020

An architect’s drawing of St Philip’s Church and Community Centre

An architect’s drawing of St Philip’s Church and Community Centre

WORK has begun on a new building for St Philip’s Church and Community Centre, in the village of Dorridge, Solihull.

The foundation stones — which consist of bricks and stone of the old church building — were laid last week during a ceremony, and a blessing was given by the diocesan Bishop, the Rt Revd David Urquhart (below).

The Vicar of St Philip’s, Canon Duncan Hill-Brown, said: “The old church, built in 1878, and the hall were sadly outdated and it became obvious that the sensible option was to demolish these buildings and construct a modern purpose-built centre with facilities that would far outstrip what we have at present. As well as a multi-use worship space, there will be a sports hall, meeting rooms, a permanent creche, and youth room, plus a much-needed Public Information Centre.”

More than £3 million has been raised for the project by members of the congregation. A further £950,000 still needs to be raised.


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