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Whilst many businesses and community groups have stopped work during the last three months, the Hollinshead Centre at Chorley United Reformed Church has continued to serve the needy and to develop its plans for life after lockdown.

The Centre’s Open Kitchen has expanded its free meal service and work is almost complete on Phase 1 of the Centre’s development, the conversion of the church to a multi-purpose worship and community facility. However, this is just the start.

The Centre has today launched its new website revealing its plans for Phase 2 of the project. This will see the replacement of the life expired, former school buildings currently used by the Centre, with a state of the art, community facility.

Jeremy Gorick DL, the Hollinshead Centre Appeal Chairman, said “I am delighted to be leading the campaign to fund this outstanding example of community development. Our new website, not only showcases our plans, but also demonstrates why the Hollinshead Centre is so important to the people of Chorley.”

Chorley United Reformed Church, who own the current buildings, are foundational partners in the scheme. Their minister, Martin Whiffen said “Chorley URC (Hollinshead Street Church as was) is committed to community service. The Hollinshead Centre will build on our open tradition of working with and for absolutely anyone who shares our vision of community development.”

Phase 2 of the Hollinshead Centre will cost £1.7m. Work is expected to start in the next 12 months, with the existing buildings remaining in use until the new Centre is complete in 2022.

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