$180,000 for Trinity Hall

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‘We would love to know others’ ideas on how we can use it better’

A church hall is to get a $180,000 makeover.
The Timaru Presbyterian Parish has been granted the money to upgrade its Trinity Hall on College Rd. The grant would help the congregation’s focus on the community, the Rev Brent Richardson said.
“The church property trustees have granted us $180,000 towards our Trinity Hall upgraded and we’re thrilled,” he said.
The money is from earthquake allocation funds, which included an insurance payout for St Paul’s and Chalmers churches, he said.
“That money has been held by the trust. St Paul’s has been demolished and Chalmers was sold,” Mr Richardson said.
He said the parish was excited about the funds, which would be used for roof repairs, electrical work and other maintenance work.
“The building is going to be tarted up and the roof redone.
“There will also be other unexciting but essential work done on the building.”
Mr Richardson said the hall, which included a stage and smaller rooms, was not being used to its capacity and he hoped an upgrade would make it more attractive for other groups to use.
“The boys’ and girls’ brigades use it at the moment and we have started a music and movement programme there.
“By investing in its upkeep [we are hoping] this hall becomes a community centre and a place of gatherings and for people to meet.”
Mr Richardson said the church was open to new ideas about what the hall could be used for.
“We would love to know others’ ideas on how we can use it better.”
Being an essential part of the community was something the church had been striving to achieve in recent years, he said.
With the amalgamation of Timaru’s Presbyterian churches _ Trinity, Chalmers, St Paul’s, St Stephen’s, Washdyke and Trinity West, in 2009 _ a real focus had been placed on being “community facing”.
“It’s about bringing the community into the church and serving the community it is in _ making a connection.”
The church would also celebrate with the community this weekend with its 50th jubilee, marking 50 years since its opening.