Community hub marks official opening of site

Staff/volunteers at the official opening of the coffee shop at The Storehouse on Saturday evening. Photo by John Crossland.
Staff/volunteers at the official opening of the coffee shop at The Storehouse on Saturday evening. Photo by John Crossland.

THE organisers behind an ambitious new community hub in Skegness were in celebratory mood at the weekend when they officially launched the first phase of their new site.

The Storehouse team officially opened their doors on Saturday evening after the refurbishment of the disused ‘The Street’ building in North Parade.

The new facility is the brainchild of the New Day Christian Centre, which re-located to the site after outgrowing its former Lincoln Road home.

And Saturday’s significant milestone was marked in celebratory fashion when the state-of-the-art coffee shop at The Storehouse held an evening of song and music.

Site manager, Alan Bailey, said: “Launch night was amazing - we had about 250 people here.

“We had live music from Paul Bell, a singer-songwriter from Sheffield, and the public donated over £700 on the night.

“And we already seem to be getting a real buzz about the place.”

He added that the site had already received interest from groups and businesses eager to use the facilities.

Though phase one of the project is now up and running, work on The Storehouse is not yet finished.

Phase two of the ambitious project is expected to be complete by late March or early April, and will include a soft play area, hair salon, modern kitchen, toilet facilities, dining room and a 200 seat auditorium.

A third stage is also being lined-up, which will include a 1,000 seater auditorium for use by large conferences and as an entertainment venue.

The total build is expected to cost in the region of £1m and is due to be completed later this year.

For further details visit www.church.thestorehouse.co.uk.

The Storehouse and coffee shop are open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.