The Archbihsop of Liverpool blesses Skelmersdale New Town
Groups rally to save Skelmersdale Ecumenical Centre
The centre was opened in 1975 and planned as an ecumenical experiment when the new town of Skelmersdale was being built. Funding for the building was provided by all the mainstream Churches contributing to a single shared facility to serve as both a place of worship and a town centre focal point for the wider community. It is also one of the most striking examples of Modernist architecture in West Lancashire.
Th centre is run as a social enterprise and is owned by a board of trustees representing the supporting denominations, namely the Church of England, Methodist, Baptist and United Reformed Churches as managed by a Team Minister, Centre Coordinator and Volunteer Project Coordinator employed by the Church Council.
A COMMUNITY centre regarded by some as the only public meeting place in Skelmersdale could be under threat of closure. Jerry Broxholme, manager of the Ecumenical Centre on Northway, told the Advertiser that the building has a maximum of two years of funding available. The centre is a very popular base for local groups. Organisations that use its premises include Age UK, Age Concern, Plastersine Youth theatre and the West Lancashire Food Initiative. It also hosts many events including Christmas parties for people who would otherwise be on their own.