Church plans bid for old bingo hall

Heaven Sent :Wellingborough:  Rob Joy is doing a sky dive to raise funds for his church The Compass Church to move into new premises. 'Thursday 18th October 2012

Heaven Sent :Wellingborough: Rob Joy is doing a sky dive to raise funds for his church The Compass Church to move into new premises. 'Thursday 18th October 2012

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A large town centre building which used to be a bingo hall could soon be back in use after a new church announced plans to try to rent the building.

Compass Church, which currently holds services on Sundays at 4pm at Sir Christopher Hatton School, The Pyghtle, Wellingborough, hopes to move to the former Lyric bingo hall, off Midland Road, Wellingborough.

Church pastor Rob Joy plans to do a skydive at Hinton Airfield, near Brackley, on Saturday, November 28, to raise cash to fund the move.

Other fundraising initiatives are also being carried out by church members in order to raise the £100,000 they’d need to rent and renovate the building.

Mr Joy, 33, who recently moved to Wellingborough and set up the new church, hopes the Lyric building will enable his church to expand and provide more services for vulnerable people living in the community.

He aims to run a drop-in service for homeless people and single mums, as well as other people who need help.

He said: “Our aim is to raise £100,000 so that we can get through the doors, do up the building and get the initiative off the ground.

“We want to open it up as a drop-in centre and have regular youth meetings.

“The building is ideally located next to the multi-storey car park. It’s a well-known building which has been empty for more than two years.

“We would also be able to run regular Sunday services there. At the moment it is set-up for bingo, but it is ideal for what we want because we also want to do music nights and talent nights.”

This will be Mr Joy’s first skydive, but he’s determined to take the leap to raise as much cash as possible for the initiative.

He said: “The skydive is my way of saying that I’m serious about what I’m doing in this town.

“I am nervous, but it’s something that I’ve always wanted to do.”

Mr Joy is appealing for people to sponsor his skydiving effort.

To make a donation email pollyanna@compasschurch.co.uk or call Rob Joy on 07837 813752.