Re - Opening of the
ST PAUL's CHURCH
[now WINCHESTER HALLS]
after Dec 2009 [at least]
Ist Community MEETING of 30th Nov 2018
ST PAUL's CHURCH [now WINCHESTER HALLS] in Stoke on Trent [ST2 0LL] has been re - opened on 30th Nov 2018 after its closure in Dec 2009 [at least] though some local residents held that it was closed about TWELVE years ago - then it went looted, burgled, broken, ruined, arsoned, destroyed and devastated.
The reconstruction, rehabilitation and re-opening of this premises has been made possible because of committed, devoted and dedicated plans & efforts of three veterans named:
Cllr STEPHEN FUNNELL
Cllr SHEILA PITT
Cllr AMJID WAZIR
Without their sincere response, guidance and encouraging push it could have taken more time towards regular opening of the Church premises.
On this occasion of re-opening, the two community leaders of Ubberley & Bentilee wards, Cllrs Stephen Funnell & Sheila Pitt, held their monthly community meeting here in which office holders of various organisations and charities serving the local neighbourhood participated. Community Police Officer Richard Simpson also attended the meeting with great enthusiasm - he represented the Stoke on Trent chapter of Staffordshire Police.
The management team of St Paul's Church [now WINCHESTER HALLS] paid special thanks to the community leadership, ladies & gentlemen, who spared their precious moments to come there and encouraged us though there were numerous shortcomings like - the Church hall [and the rest of the premises too] was not properly warmed as there is NO GAS yet at the building; the toilets were under repair and the only usable toilet was without warm water and the parking space was not adequately dressed.
Even then the participants were delighted to be there - it was their greatness AND it became a cogent boosting factor for all the team members who managed the whole show.
Through these words, St Paul's Church [now WINCHESTER HALLS]'s team also convey special thanks to:
LINDA A DAVIES, the officer of STOKE ON TRENT COUNCIL
the former Cllr Muhammad Aumir
Dr [Miss] Alka & Mr Rajiv
Kh Waseem Altaf of the HUMAN CLUB
Najeebullah of GOLDEN ARTS M'CR
They correctly understood AL-MARYAM's cause, also spared their financial resources & skills - and thus cheerfully acknowledged the efforts being done by this church in furtherance of need for more exhaustive community services.
Some images of the event are placed below for reference & record:
to:Inam R Sehri <>
date:Dec 5, 2018, 9:51 PM
subject: Re-Opening of the CHURCH
Dec 5, 2018, 9:51 PM (2 days ago)
Thank you for the warm hospitality on Friday. As soon as I arrived I felt welcome and enjoyed the tour. The work you’ve all done is fantastic in such a short space of time and totally reformed it. Speaking on behalf of the community who now have a place they can be proud of.
I will continue to maintain contact with you going forward and offer my support whenever you need it. So please don’t hesitate to contact me should you require anything. I will ensure that local officers will keep an eye on the grounds especially in the evenings.
from:Sheila Pitt <>
to:Inam R Sehri <>
date:Dec 3, 2018, 9:49 AM
subject:RE: Mtg dated 30th Nov 2018
Mon, Dec 3, 9:49 AM (4 days ago)
Many thanks for your email and kind remarks. I feel the meeting was the first step in bringing people together which will certainly continue in the future.
Thank you also for forwarding the photos.
Once again thanks for the lovely welcome shown to everyone which was greatly appreciated.
Thu, Dec 6, 1:45 PM (1 day ago)
Thanks for this. Great photos!
I look forward to working with you to make this project a success.
Councillor Stephen Funnell
Bentilee and Ubberley Ward
Tel: 07919 564369