St Richard’s Church Hall – your views wanted on its future

St Richard's Church Hall, 16 September 2015

You might not know about St Richard’s Church Hall – it’s tucked away on Swallowfield Road, just off Victoria Way. It’s an important venue for the Charlton Central Residents Association as well as other local groups. It’s run by St Luke’s Church, which is seeking your views on its future. It says…

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St Luke’s Church, Charlton is seeking views for the future use of St Richard’s Church Hall. Terms of reference as follows have been agreed:

“To identify and assess all possible options for the future of St Richard’s, taking into account:

* the value of St Richard’s in advancing the Christian mission of the parish;

* the running costs, maintenance costs, depreciation and likely capital cost requirements for St Richard’s as it stands;

* the potential revenue from the use of St Richard’s by community groups and others;

* the options for promoting the use of St Richard’s and increasing the role it plays in the community;

* alternative options for moving forward; and

* to report back to the PCC by 30 November 2015.

St Richard’s is an important venue that could have a bright future – indeed, considering the costly room hire costs at Charlton House and the Assembly Rooms, the loss of the Conservative Club and the shrinking of the Liberal Club, community space is at a premium in Charlton. If you want to feed into the consultation, visit its website to find out how.

11 thoughts on “St Richard’s Church Hall – your views wanted on its future

  1. The Hebridean September 17, 2015 / 08:57

    It would be a great facility if you could book it in the evenings. Its costs are far more reasonable than any other venue, but it only has a limited offer because the scouts etc spread over several nights. I wonder how much revenue is lost because of this set up? What a shame if Charlton lost one of its key assets because of this kind of business practice.

  2. Ken September 17, 2015 / 09:19

    I have lived in Charlton a good long time and thought it was a dead church as I never see any C of E stuff going on there when I pass on Sundays. I just see it as a community hall that is underused. Is there any scope for day time use as well as evenings and weekends. If the community don’t use it the community will lose it. And as pointed out in the article TINA.

  3. Andy September 17, 2015 / 10:10

    If the church wants to sell the building it would make a lot of money. The land is already built on so it would get planning consent without problems and a few executive homes would fit on nicely in a residential area.

  4. Maggy May September 17, 2015 / 10:35

    What a blow if Charlton lost the use of this hall

  5. Mark Adams September 17, 2015 / 14:57

    Thank you for posting this, Darryl. We have already had quite a few comments but would definitely like more (via the consultation email rather than in the comments section here, please). It is clear that there is a lot of support and affection for St Richard’s in the local community. What we also need is more people financially supporting it, through using it or in other ways. We have terrific users and supporters already – CCRA, Open Heavens Church, the Scouts and Guides, as examples – but need more.

    Mark Adams
    St Luke’s PCC

    • LOLLY August 5, 2016 / 16:22

      how do we go about maybe hiring this venue? it possible to have an email for info THANKS

  6. Joe Thorne September 20, 2015 / 09:18

    If Hebridean is right it can’t be easy to increase the use and the money coming in. How limited is the access to the hall? If the hall is unbookable for so many evenings each week is this significant in terms of income?

  7. mr_chas September 20, 2015 / 15:46

    Is it appropriate for me to big up the excellent ( and reasonably priced ) facilities at St Thomas’ Church & The New Charlton Community Centre here ? These venues are a bit hidden away and I think more people of SE7 should be aware of them !

  8. Maggy May September 21, 2015 / 09:14

    The facilities at St T’s may be wonderful, but the bit of Charlton grouped south of the station near St R’s has very little in the way of facilities. The Liberal Club on Church Lane is improving but not enlarging its room for hire. The old Conservative Club has gone. I have never heard of the school at Fossdene opening its facilities for the public to use. Some people are uneasy about meetings in pubs. So without St R’s the area would be left with very little that encourages all to go in. It is hard enough to get people up the hill to Charlton House. Would they bother going half way to Woolwich however good the hall?

    • mr_chas October 1, 2015 / 18:25

      That’s fair comment Maggy, although we are fortunate to have the scenic tour of Charlton bus ( 380 ) which connects both the eastern and western residential areas. We do need to try and support these meeting facilities or we may lose them. They struggle to stay open as it is. If anyone is interested here are the contact details for bookings. New Charlton Community Centre 020 8854 7008 St Thomas’ church hall 020 8316 7695

  9. Joe Thorne October 2, 2015 / 16:55

    It sounds as if you really rate St Thomas’ and it might be possible for individuals to go on the bus. But does it have good on-site parking? When I use the 380 it always becomes a white knuckle ride down by St T’s as the bus struggles to get past the parked cars. If an organisation needed to bring things to set up a Christmas Fair or something I don’t see them taking yards of bunting and a stack of raffle prizes on the bus. I agree that community facilities need to be used, which I why I imagine the people in west Charlton don’t want to lose St Richard’s.

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