Bishop Tony Porter blesses our recent refurbishment

We had a very special visitor on Sunday 17th November in the shape of Bishop Tony Porter from the Diocese of Southwell and Nottinghamshire.

Bishop Tony kindly blessed the Centre-wide developments we have undertaken to date as part of our ongoing five year refurbishment plan. Starting with one of our most recent commitments, the first floor commercial kitchen, Bishop Tony shared the following words:

“Since 1906, the John Godber Centre has been an important and effective community resource for the people of Hucknall.

Canon Godber’s vision has stood the test of time, not least because of the dedicated members of your community who have helped ensure his legacy prevails.

Throughout those eventful 113 years, this place has helped support celebration, remembrance, activity, and learning, for many generations of people. These walls continually bear witness to laughter, applause, commitment, and discussion.

But time and service take their toll, and ensuring that this place befits such life events takes effort, finance, vision, and management.

Over the past two years, the PCC, Centre staff, and dedicated volunteers from your community, have provided all of those things and undertaken a building-wide refurbishment programme.

Part-way through a five year plan, much has been accomplished, and today gives us the opportunity to acknowledge and formally bless all that has been achieved in the name of Canon John Godber and St Mary Magdalene Church.”

Afterwards, Bishop Tony and his wife shared a delightful afternoon tea with Centre users and congregation members from St Mary Magdalene church.

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