The Link Project

Logo for The Link with text which says Linking Buildings, Linking People, Building Community

Ashbourne Methodist Church has a thriving church family and makes good use of its extensive Victorian buildings, supporting both the local community and visiting groups. However, the buildings are out-dated and have very limited inter-connections, except via the street outside. They restrict the church’s ability to fulfil its vision in such areas of worship, learning and caring, service and evangelism.

The church is embarking on an ambitious scheme to renew its premises, upgrading them and joining them together - hence the name: ‘The Link Project’.  The plan also includes the construction of housing at the south-eastern end of the church site.

The scheme overall will enable the church to strengthen its role in the community over the coming decades. It will do so by providing better venues for community use, better facilities for accommodating different forms of worship, improving access and safeguarding, and enabling easier maintenance of the facilities.

The plan is to create a new glass-sided link building and reception area which will act as the new main entrance from Station Road to the church. This building will then connect directly to:

  • The main worship area
  • Century Hall
  • Cornerstone café
  • Gateway, beneath the worship area
  • Waterside, beneath the Century Hall

The new facilities will provide easy access to each area of the church complex. All parts of the buildings will also be refurbished and will be provided with new kitchens and accessible toilets.

The church project, excluding the housing units, is currently estimated to cost in the region of £2.5m and completion is anticipated in 2021. The scheme received listed building consent from the Methodist Church in March 2019 and a formal planning application was submitted to Derbyshire Dales District Council in May 2019.

Detailed drawings have been prepared for planning and costing purposes and detailed quantity surveyor’s estimates are complete.

Five potential sources are being investigated to fund the programme:

  • Personal donations and loans from church members
  • Development/sale of land for the housing scheme
  • Loans from the Methodist Church regionally and centrally
  • Grants from charitable organisations
  • Local fund-raising events

Prior to receiving planning permission, the emphasis has been on local fund-raising events to build interest and momentum.

You may be interested in reading a little more of the history of Methodism in Ashbourne. Or try the historic Ashbourne website, Our Ashbourne.