The Ascension Gateway is open!
We did it! With much prayer, and hard work, for the 1st time in 47 years, our Hall got a major make-over!
An excited and relaxed crowd from Church and community celebrated in style on Saturday evening 24th September, with The Deputy Mayor (Cllr June Player) cutting the red ribbon with our vicar Robert – re-christening it ‘The Ascension Gateway’. Flags from our uniform groups lined up outside, reflecting a similar scene captured at the original opening in 1969. A few people pointed out they had been present the 1st time too! Some of them helped build it with their bare hands, with great labour of love.
A 1969 time capsule was also discovered behind a panel, including local news and photos from the time, plus minted sets of the 1st decimal coins to be circulated and the old coins that were then on their way out. Suggestions for a new capsule were sought, and ideas included some news on Brexit, a record of the British successes at the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and a CD of a contemporary worship service at the Church.
Cllr June Player said, “It was a pleasure to be able to attend this function in my rôle as Deputy Mayor on behalf of the City of Bath. There was a really family-friendly community party feel to the event and thanks to all involved in the catering. The Ascension Church Hall, now ……
Ascension Gateway, is a hub of activity for many people and the improvements that have now taken place will be such an asset for all.”
Our Vicar Robert, said, “As well as a place of welcome to many and much fun, as a Church we hope and pray this will be a gateway for many people to find out something of God’s love for them as well.”
The works have included new flooring, accessibility features, toilets, lighting, doors, windows and insulation. This £72,000 project was overseen by our Church Surveyor RS Goodman FRICS, the principal contractor was Neil A Samways Ltd. Huge thanks go to them both as many hours beyond the call were given.
A lot of local fundraising took place, mainly through our young people’s groups, but also the Church congregation. Grants have been received with appreciation from AllChurchesTrust, The Avon & Somerset Police Commissioner, Bath Abbey, Bath and Wells Diocese, Cory Environmental Trust in Britain (CETB), Garfield Weston, St John’s Hospital Bath, The Laing Family Trust, The Medlock Trust.
Some of you have been asking what Cory Environmental Trust is? Their full answer to that question is on our web-site www.ascensionbath.org.uk . If anyone wants to know about any of the other trusts and organizations, please ask.