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The Parish of Chandler's Ford

History of St Boniface

St Boniface Church is a gothic style church, built in 1904.

 

The Centre

Until 1987, St Boniface Church was served by an almost derelict wooden hall on the site of what is now the church car park. The Centre, comprising a large hall, various meeting rooms, parish office, kitchen and ancillary accommodation, was added to the rear of St Boniface Church in 1987 after a major, parish wide, fund raising project. The Centre was built as an act of faith and in response to the challenge of rapid geographical growth of the parish due to massive development in Millers Dale and Valley Park. These developments located the parish church, which had previously been on the edge of its main catchment area, squarely in the centre of the community. The combined church and halls complex was named The St Boniface Centre, in anticipation that it would become the focal point of parish life. The considerable cost of about £1/3 million was funded mainly by donations from within the parish. In 2002 the Car Park was upgraded with a tarmac surface at a cost of about £61,000. During the Church’s centenary year, the frontage was enhanced.

 

From the very beginning, the Centre became a valued and popular venue for a wide range of church and community activities, and that continues unabated today. In fact, the Centre's rooms are used mainly for ìcommunityî rather than church use. This gives the community a high quality and much sought after facility and in turn provides the church with a valuable source of revenue. The innovative design of the Centre enables the main hall to be incorporated into the church for very large services simply by folding back two large, ìconcertina styleî partition doors which extend for the entire width of the church.

 

The Centre is run and managed entirely by a team of volunteers assisted by professional cleaners. The team endeavours to provide a professional standard of service. There are many regular users of the Centre facilities, some of whom have used the facilities since the Centre was opened. Users include Pre-school play groups; classes for ballet, tap, dance, speech and drama, yoga, parent craft; meetings of RSPB, Hardy Plants, Gardeners, University of the 3rd Age, Madding Crowd, Women's Institutes; regular National Blood Service donor sessions. The Centre has also proved a popular location for hire for Children's Parties, Funeral Wakes, Wedding Receptions, and Baptism Parties. Catering for Wakes and Baptism Parties can be provided at very reasonable rates.