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Press Release
15 November 2005

Christ Church Access and Learning Centre

The Centre is now open after five years of fund raising and nine months building work….………

Christ Church Access and learning Centre opens after five years of fundraising and a nine month building contract

The official opening on Saturday 26 November at 11am on the eve of Advent, the beginning of the church new year, sees the beginning of a new chapter in the life of Stamford's newest parish church.

The end of September saw the completion of a nine month building contract to convert a disused water tank into a community Access and Learning centre. But this is no ordinary water tank. In 1978 this large and redundant water tank on a hilltop in the Northfields area of Stamford became the foundation of a new parish church.

Commenting on the original idea the Rev Bob Mackrill said:

'When I joined Christ Church in 1997 moving into stipendiary ministry after a career as a commercial architect the potential of the tank was immediately obvious. Some work had been done to make it more habitable and it housed the largest storage area for any parish church in the diocese! But to find out just how usable this space might be we first had to move out twenty years of accumulated rubbish which totalled thirty two tons and filled three local authority refuse lorries.'

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