Crowthorne Baptist Church has been a High Street fixture since 1914, originally a tin hut and then a purpose-built brick building built for its 40th. It was extended in 1987, but now it has plans to replace the building with the New Heart Centre, designed to put the needs of the community first.
A spokesperson said: “Crowthorne Baptist Church now wants to provide a flexible, multi-purpose building, still in the very centre of Crowthorne, to serve the needs of the worshipping Church community but also, very importantly, to provide new venues and opportunities for the wider community of Crowthorne.
“Our plan is to demolish the old building and replace it with a modern landmark building, which will complement the open space outside the library.”
To be built on three separate levels, the new building will incorporate a range of meeting rooms that can be hired by community groups and provide purpose-built space for concerts, the Ark pre-school and other groups.
In addition, it is hoped that other organisations for all ages and backgrounds may operate from the New Heart Centre in the future, for example Brownies and Guides.
The spokesperson added: “As 2014 is the Centenary of the Church, it is hoped that a start could be made on the building next year. It is envisaged that during the build time of about one year all existing functions will continue to happen, elsewhere in the village.”
For more details, log on to www.crowthornebaptist.org.uk