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  • 1.
  • 2. Proposals for a New Community Hall at S.Thomas the Apostle, Elson
    Fr. Simon Rundell, SCP
    Parish Priest
  • 3. Overview
    Statement of Significance
    the existing Church Hall
    Statement of Need
    Mission Perspective
    Community Perspective
    Proposed Solution
    Discarded Solutions
    Funding & Timescales
  • 4. Statement of Significance
    Elson is a small parish on the edge of Gosport with 16,500 souls in my cure
    Features in bottom 25% of IMD scoring in Hampshire
    Full-core Surestart provision in community
    Church dates from 1845 & has been subject to a process of mission-focused reordering since 2005
  • 5. Statement of Significance
  • 6. Current Church Hall
    Built in 1908 in an ‘Italianate style’
    Some distance from Church
    In poor state of repair
    Heavily used by local community
  • 7. Current Church Hall Use
  • 8. Statement of Need
    The parish believes that the buildings are tools of its mission
    Provide a focus of the local community
    Base for outreach, youth ministry and evangelism
    Source of funding to underwrite mission
  • 9. Proposed Solution
    We submit a proposal based upon the following key principles:
    Realistic and based upon our situation
    Mission and Community Focus
    Providing quality in this community
    A desire to provide for the local community
  • 10. Style and Position
    S. Thomas, Elson is a unique building in this community
    It would be inappropriate to mimic this
    Physical connection to this building would demean it
    Seeking a solution which is conducive to the Church & the built environment surrounding it
  • 11. Why next to the Church?
    We can’t afford to develop the existing site!
    Distance from current church hall fractures missional opportunities
    Churchyard closed in 1908, last interment in 1927, corner of Elson Lane & Elson Road redeveloped 1967
  • 12. Proposed Solution
  • 13. Location
    Mature Trees do not have Tree Preservation Orders yet
    We are committed to their preservation
    Other locations on site cannot ensure such preservation
    Other locations would impose on church appearance
  • 14. Style
    Seeking a building which is conducive
    Needs to mirror shape without parody
    Cloister-style unrealistic
    Attached to either end of Church building would detract from unique sacred space
    This solution meets our requirements within the given space
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  • 20. Construction
    Location placed over 45 graves
    Pile Foundations with ground beams to cause minimal disruption to graves and tree roots
    Any graves which still need to be disturbed to be reinterred in ossiary in the North part of the yard.
  • 21. Construction
    The Hall comprises a single-story construction which is able to provide a large hall slightly larger than the existing one (135m2 as opposed to 100m2 at present) and the same quantity of storage space.
    Cost effective solution
  • 22. Facilities
    Parish office
    Meeting room for small group meetings such as PCC, pastoral encounters and staff support and training.
    Soft Tarmac surface and enclosed in a small 1m fence to enable the Pre-School to meet their Foundation Stage Curriculum needs for safe outside play.
  • 23. Parking
    Parking is not an issue
    Current hall only provides for six cars
    The Church site is a more centrally located site than the Hall, close to local schools
    A Bus Stop is immediately outside the Church, encouraging the use of public transport
    The adjacent roads (Elson Road, Elson Lane, Frater Lane) are all unrestricted parking and could easily absorb the increased traffic to that area
  • 24. Parking
    Despite fears from local residents, this will have minimal additional impact on roads which apart from 8.30-9am and 3-3.30pm (School Pickup) are quiet
    Church Hall is not in use at these peak times
  • 25. Parking
    The Hall Use Survey indicates that the majority of hall users access the current hall on foot.
    Usage is distributed throughout the day and the last evening hall use ends at around 9pm.
    Weekend hall use (when local residents have their cars at home) is minimal.
    The Church should be discouraging car use and healthier lifestyles by not making parking provision.
    Any parking provision would threaten the heritage trees in the churchyard and the parish is unwilling to remove any of these simply to create parking spaces.
  • 26. Daytime Traffic
  • 27. Hall Users Survey
  • 28. Hall Users Survey
  • 29. Adjacent Car Park
    It is extensively used by Park and GADSAD users and so there is little space
    That extra 100 yards makes all the difference and if users have driven to the hall, they will avoid that walk where possible
    The Car Park has a lingering reputation for insecurity, and so users are reluctant to park there at a distance from their own activity fearing car crime or vandalism.
  • 30. Church Use
  • 31. Traffic Conclusions
    If the parish locality on a Sunday morning (when many residents also have their cars parked) is able to absorb 10 or so cars, then one might conclude from the Hall Use Survey that the additional hall traffic would have little impact, as the times of Church Hall use and Church use rarely coincide
    When they do, it would be because a single event would combine the two of them, thus making the overall impact less severe.
  • 32. Funding
    Elson has no resources other than the existing Church Hall
    Sale for development is the only funding option
    Developers are being approached
    Church Hall will decay and become unusable within next 5 years
  • 33. Timescales
    Because of the Hall condition, we seek to move quickly on this project
    We envision a planning process through 2010
    ...and we pray to have the new Community Hall available by Easter 2011
  • 34. Conclusion
    We believe that this project is one whose kairos has come
    We pray that this cost-effective, missional solution will find approval
    We seek to deliver it within a short timescale and within a tight budget
    We pray that you are able to support our vision
  • 35. Thank You