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The Vicar of St Philip’s, Canon Duncan Hill-Brown, said: “The old church, built in 1878, and the hall were sadly outdated and it became obvious that the sensible option was to demolish these buildings and construct a modern purpose-built centre with facilities that would far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.