St Barnabas’, Pound Hill, built in 1955 consists of a hall, church and pastoral centre in daily use. Our exciting building project is about improving our facilities, in particular the accessibility into and through our buildings to enable more people to use them. We have a prime position, at the heart of the community but this advantage is offset by our poor accessibility around the complex. The fashionable multi-level design of previous decades segregates users into those who can move easily between different floor levels and those who cannot.
Currently 600 people a week use the spaces for support groups, Weightwatchers, Indian Dance, youth theatre groups, Brownies, children’s musical activities, cake shop, exercise for the elderly, pilates, church groups and to provide hot homemade lunches for the elderly and free lunches for those experiencing homelessness. Increasing accessibility into and throughout our buildings will enable more people to come and enjoy them for community activities or to worship here.
At St Barnabas’, this will mean lifting/lowering areas of flooring to allow level access through the building as well as rebuilding the entrance, to have a disability-compliant door with an automatic opening/closing mechanism. A refurbished kitchen area completes the project, and we also wish to take the opportunity to form a staircase from the upstairs vestry to the basement – present access for which is a small, hazardous ‘coal hole’ style opening.
We are fortunate in having received grants from the Big Lottery Fund (£10,000), Sussex Community Foundation (£5,000), and the Gatwick Airport Community Foundation (£2,500). Once we have raised the necessary funding and have a start date for the project we have been promised funding from other donors, The Beatrice Laing Family Foundation (£2,500), The Bernard Sunley Foundation (£5000) and The Garfield Weston Foundation (£10,000). We have also benefited from a legacy and other donations for which we are very grateful.
The cost of the project is £215,000 and we have raised over £80,000 so far. If you would like to donate towards this project, our bank details are: Worth PCC, Sort Code: 40-18-22 Account Number: 61223372. Please use the reference: “St B project” for your donation. Many thanks.
The plans are shown below.