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The task of transforming St Joseph's from a large old hall into a really useful community asset is now complete.  Pictures taken at the opening, by the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, in March 2012 as well as pictures of the development as it progressed are in the Gallery.  


In September 2006, the refurbished Sanctuary was opened, providing an attractive place of worship as well as flexibility to use for wider activities. At the same time St Joseph’s Church became available, and the Congregation unanimously agreed to purchase it thus providing a potentially very useful hall in the heart of the community.


During 2007 work was undertaken to make St Joseph’s wind and watertight and since then the building has been used to support a variety of Church and community activities.  

However the lack of kitchen and toilet facilities severely limits the number of uses. Accordingly the Buildings Committee was charged with the task of bringing forward plans to continue the development of the Church Campus and in particular the development of ‘The St Joseph’s Centre’. 

Working with the architects Tod and Taylor the Buildings Committee have reviewed a number of different schemes and options with the aim of providing a St Joseph's Centre that is fit for purpose and if possible integrated with the rest of the church campus.

The plan was submitted to the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) Planning Department on 12th December 2010 and Planning Permission and listed Building Consent was given at the end of January 2011.  The Building Warrant was been received, contractors quoted and on Sunday 21st August 2011 the congregation overwhelmingly agreed to proceed.  Since then good progress has been made - there are photographs in the gallery  - and re-vitalised St Joseph's Hall will be opened by the Right Rev David Arnott Moderator of the General Assembly on Sunday 18th March 2012.

This is an imaginative and exciting project has created a facility that is of great benefit to the whole Balerno Community. 


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