29 June 2019 – Water Lane United Reformed Church is looking forward to an exciting future. The Church has sold its Church Hall to East Herts Council as part of its long-term strategy to secure its worship and service of God in Bishop’s Stortford. It has been mutually beneficial to both of us to conclude this sale. The proceeds of the sale will enable the Church to make adaptions to the Church building site that will enable it to be used both by the Church and community groups. We will have more multi-use spaces and upgraded facilities. We hope that many of the existing users of the Church Hall will move into the new facility when it is ready for use, and the Hall will not be closed until then. The alterations to the Church will also help us to ensure the future well-being of the architecturally significant Church building that is one of the notable buildings in the town. These developments will also lessen the overall responsibility of the Church to maintain buildings that have outgrown the church’s needs and ability to maintain. The present hall needs considerable repairs and upgrading to make it suitable for future use and the cost is beyond the present congregation’s means. This project enables the Church to move confidently into the future.
21 June 2019 – Planning Application for Water Lane United Reformed Church. East Herts Ref: 3/19/1224/FUL. For a new piazza and a two-storey side extension to create a new entrance and event room.