St George’s in the Community
Groups for People of All Ages
Tiddlers & Toddlers
(0-5 years old & carers) Mondays in Term Time 1.30 to 3pm
(pre-school age) Sundays at 9.30am (except for 1st Sunday of the month)
(5 to 11 years old) Sundays at 9.30 & 11am (except 1st Sunday of the month)
(12 to 18 years) two Sundays a month at 19.00
A monthly get together on a Monday evening at The Bowlers Arms
St George’s Pub Social
Usually in the evening of the last Sunday of the month.
Summer Holiday Club
(ages 5-11) Usually first week after the end of the school year. All welcome for five action packed mornings of fun and a celebration service to end on the Sunday.
Contact the Church Office (01635 41249 or e-mail) for details of any of these groups. See this page for some further details of Children’s Provision.
St George’s is also active in other groups such as Churches Together in the Newbury Area. In addition we support a wide range of Charities and other initiatives.
If you would like someone to visit you for pastoral support, please contact the church office or email our Pastoral Care Team.
Aquila Courses are a self-help group for those who are separated, divorced or have come through a broken relationship. Courses are run according to demand.
St George’s Centre
Our facilities are also used by a wide variety of community groups, for example:
Brownies & Guides
Drama Groups & Keep-fit
Playgroups, Summer Playschemes
WI & Mothers’ Union, Youth Groups
Special Interest Clubs, After School Clubs
The £0.6mn St George’s Development Project is a significant commitment by the Church to the local community. The main phases of the Project were the provision of a new hall and a Church Annexe which together comprise the St George’s Centre. This provides much needed facilities for Wash Common.
Progress on Phase I, the new hall, became a priority when the previous hall had to be closed permanently at the start of 1995. Building work started in the summer of 1996, by which time nearly £300,000 had been raised towards the total cost of over £350,000. The new hall was officially dedicated and opened at the end of January 1997 by the Archdeacon of Berkshire, the Venerable Mike Hill.
A further £200,000 was required to add an Annexe to the south side of the Church, providing more meeting rooms and facilities. The final fundraising was completed in 2003. The Development Project gained wide support from the local community, Newbury Businesses, the local councils and a variety of charitable trusts. At the meeting where Newbury District Council agreed to contribute £30,000 towards the Project a councillor said: “Every credit should be given to the church for taking unto themselves what, if we had the cash, we should be doing ourselves.”
The new hall and centre is being used by a very wide range of local community groups as well as by church and other groups and for private functions such as weddings and birthday parties. There are facilities in the Centre to accomodate groups from less than 10 to 220.