St Sidwells has just announced an exciting range of courses for everyone form creative writing on a Monday to budget management on a Thursday. There is more to this church than a church hall offering courses and cups of tea.
The church and community centre has always been a place of worship and meeting point. The centre welcomes everyone from helping unemployed youth to get their lives together to over 50's groups. There is also a warm welcome if you simply want a cup of tea and a chat.
Paul Holborn training coordinator said "St Sidwells is so special because of the diversity of staff, volunteers, groups and customers" He loves his job with a passion, the ex-lorry driver was made redundant because of health problems found a home and new lease of life at the centre. He says "Who would think an ex lorry driver would end up running a community centre, I deal with all sorts of people from twenty year olds to 67 year olds." The centre is accepting of everyone, "We go with our gut, we use our common sense but we have all sorts working here." The community centre has a bit of a reputation for attracting interesting characters. Paul says "I've got mixed feelings; they generally leave people alone and don't bother our customers."
The history of the centre is troubled but fascinating past, the church was built in the late 50's but there has always been a church on this site. It has been a Saxon and Catholic church. There is still a regular Sunday Church of England every Sunday. The Church is multicultural welcoming all faiths.
Whoever you are there is a warm welcome at St Sidwells.
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