St Barnabas’ Church, Pound Hill, built in 1955 as part of the New Town development of modern Crawley, consists of contiguous hall, church and pastoral centre is in daily use, seeing 800 people each month. Users include toddlers, Brownies, Cocaine Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, Knit an Natter, Pilates, art and history groups, Weightwatchers, dance groups, school and other church groups as well as our volunteers providing hot homemade lunches for the elderly and free lunches for those suffering from homelessness.
Although St Barnabas’ stands in a prime position at the heart of the community, this advantage is offset by poor accessibility into and throughout the complex. The then fashionable multi-level design of the 1950s, segregates users into those who can move easily between floor levels and those who cannot.
Our current parish-wide project will improve facilities in both our churches, in particular accessibility into and throughout our buildings, to enable more people to come and enjoy them and to worship in them. At St Barnabas’. this will mean addressing the split level design by lowering one floor and raising another, and rebuilding the entrance, to have a disability-compliant door with an automatic opening/closing mechanism.
At St Barnabas’, alterations will cost around £116,000 of which £62,000 has already been raised leaving around £54,000 to find. 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.