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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.  

Background

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.

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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.

The fund raising to 31st Jan 2012 has raised/pledged over £327,972, above the original target. However an additional £70,000 will be required over the next 7 years for various reasons including:- 

  • the committee rooms in the existing hall will be rationalised at the same time and 
  • interest will be needed to cover the loan required to cover the period over which pledges are given and further funds are raised. 
  • additional work has been required to treat damp.
  • chairs, tables and kitchen equipment are also required but were not included in the original total.

Any donations, gift aided pledges or interest free loans will be warmly appreciated and should be sent to the Treasurer via the Church Office.    

This is an imaginative and exciting opportunity to create a facility that will be of great benefit to the whole Balerno Community. 

 

 
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