The young and the old celebrate official opening of Sileby's st Mary's Centre

The newly created Centre for St Mary’s Church, Sileby was officially opened on Saturday 6th March by Loughborough MP, Andy Reed and witnessed by the oldest and youngest members of the church, 97 year old Mabel Tatchell, three-month old Ioan Leithead.

Over 200 guests, church members and visitors, including the Worshipful The Mayor and Mayoress of Charnwood, Roy & Gill Brown and County Councillor, Richard Shepherd, attended the official opening. They were given a tour of the new facilities, which include a state-of-the-art kitchen, a soft-core play area and multimedia technology throughout.

The innovative church rooms complex features a crafted timber and glass ‘Atrium’ linking the remodelled and updated Pochin Hall to the completely new Wallace room, the main hall and major part of the complex. Designed by Loughborough’s B3 Architects and constructed by SP&AJ Contractors, the St Mary’s Centre project has strong local support and the two elements have been so named because of their old and new benefactors.
Revd. Richard Hopkins, Rector of the United Benefice of Sileby, Cossington and Seagrave welcomed all those in attendance and introduced Andy Reed, MP to make his official opening speech.

Andy Reed MP said; “This is a great day for the village of Sileby and I am delighted that the community now has this superb facility on its doorstep. All the parties involved in this project have worked extremely hard and with the new St Mary’s Centre fit for purpose, St Mary’s Church can continue its excellent work within the community.”

Revd. Richard Hopkins added; “The purpose of St Mary’s Centre is to serve the people of Sileby and the surrounding area through our church activities.” Speaking of knowing God as being a journey, he said to guests “perhaps you feel that that journey of discovery is one you’d like to join us on.”

St Mary’s Centre will be “open for business” from Sunday morning (7th March) and will host numerous meetings throughout the coming weeks, from mother and toddlers’ groups and youth groups to informal sessions for those wanting to investigate the Christian faith.