Hilary Benn MP opens St Luke\'s new Community Hub in Holbeck

St Luke’s Church has officially opened the doors of its brand new Community Hub with an activity-packed day for the Holbeck community.

Some five hundred people attended the joyous event, including local MP Hilary Benn, who cut the ribbon at an official opening ceremony.

Building work on the Community Hub began back in 2019 and continued for a year, until the updated facilities were finally ready in August 2020. 

The Covid Pandemic postponed the celebrations until last weekend when local people were invited to look around the fantastic, fresh new community space, which includes a large function hall, comfortable meeting rooms, a computer suite, rentable office spaces, a fully equipped catering kitchen and modern accessible toilet facilities.

St Luke’s Church, on Malvern Road, Beeston Hill, are already using the new facility to runs English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), an environmental project, as well as all age activities throughout the week. The church host several different charities including youth groups, a job club, a computer class and a play group. They also hope to open a community cafe in the near future.

Vicar of St Luke’s Church, Revd Alistair Kaye, said, “After two years of community consultation, a year of building work and through the incredible generosity of local people, the church family and national funders, we are now opening the St Luke’s Holbeck Community Hub. 

“We hope and pray that for years to come it will be the perfect base for local charities and projects to do life changing and transformational work in our wonderful, diverse inner-city community.”

The event was also attended by Lisa McIntyre, of the Leeds Diocesan Adviisory Committee and whose team supported St Luke's throughout the project.

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