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Finance and schedule updated

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Information about finances and the building schedule has been updated. Following news of a generous bequest, it became possible to consider building the new hall straight away rather than a separate 'phase 2'.  This has now been confirmed and will result in the whole centre opening at the same time - a date has not yet been fixed but it is expected to be in the second quarter of 2011.

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The congregation of Reigate Methodist were astounded to learn their six-year fundraising effort was to be boosted by £200,000 bequeathed to the church. The money, from long-standing† member Jean Clarke MBE, who died aged 81 in June, has pushed the church's plans into overdrive
Work has almost finished on phase one of the project, which includes a cafe and meeting rooms. But the second phase, the addition of an adjoining hall, looked to be still more years of fundraising away, before the surprise gift was announced this month.
The Rev Clive McKie said "As a result, our attention has been shifted from 'can we finish phase one' to ' can we finish phase two?'
"It means we might be able to start phase two before the builders finish their work on phase one'
Mrs Clarke worked as chief librarian at St Thomas's hospital, London, for which she was appointed an MBE. Close friend Shirley Cotton, president of the local Soroptimists branch of which Mrs Clarke was also a past president said 'She was a member of the church for many years and had a very strong faith. She wanted to see the plans for the community centre come to fruition'

Room details added

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There is now a list of the rooms that will be available for booking when the centre opens (not including the planned multipurpose hall). There will be audio-video facilities in some rooms, but details have not yet been finalized.

Building progress

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Building work is progressing well, with the walls now reaching the first floor. Structural steelwork was put in place this week, including the arch which will form the double-height entrance. Site photos are available in the Progress section.

What a gift of a day

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Reigate residents pulled together on Saturday to raise a staggering £20,000 towards the cost of a new community centre for the town.

The forecourt of Reigate Methodist Church, off the High Street, was bustling with people dropping in to donate gifts of money, buy cakes and burgers, and enjoy a sit in the Sheila's Wheels car, kindly supplied by Reigate-based Esure. They were also able to view plans for the 1.1m community centre, plus photos of the current building work taking place on land behind the church building.

And many people including pets - queued up to have their photo taken by the Surrey Mirror so they can be part of a giant community photo mosaic which will be hung in the new building when it opens at the end of the year. Reigate-based celebrity chef, Tony Tobin, caused a stir when he popped along to have his photo taken for the mosaic. And in the evening, Utopians Unlimited gave a fund-raising performance of Gilbert & Sullivan's 'Yeomen of the Guard' in the church.

We have held gift days before but have never had such a response from local people, it was amazing, said event organiser, Elizabeth Smith.  As the lead sponsors for the community centre, the members of Reigate Methodist Church have spent six years raising funds towards the cost of the building but we were some £170,000 short of the target. Saturday's funds will go a long way to bring that target closer.

Opening Times

Monday 10:00 - 22:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 22:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 22:00
Thursday 09:00 - 22:00
Friday 09:30 - 18:00
Saturday 09:00 - 13:00
Sunday CLOSED

Times are approximate and may vary depending on bookings. For cafe opening times see here