A COMPETITION has been launched to find a name for the new community hub and café which will be established at St John’s Church, Hale – and the winner will have a room in the building named after them.

The church is going to be developed so it is not just a place of worship but a centre designed to meet some of the needs of groups in the community.

This includes people with learning difficulties, those with dementia, young people wanting a place to go outside school hours, and those with issues affecting their mental health. There will also be a soft play area, office space and flexible areas for groups to use.

The church has carried out extensive research into what is needed and is working with groups and individuals, including the county, borough and town councils; the local clinical commissioning group; and charities, particularly Post19 which supports young adults with learning difficulties.

Plans will be announced formally at a launch at the church on Saturday, March 28.

Rev Lesley Crawley said: “We know there is a real need for a place where people can meet formally and informally, in groups and organised sessions, or simply by dropping in at the café.

“We will hold a public launch for the plans for the new hub at the end of March and before that we need a name. So, please everyone, let us have your ideas for a name and you could have a room in the new hub named after you!”

To enter the competition, send your proposed name for the hub and café to reach Wendy Edwards by Monday, March 2, by email to [email protected] or by post c/o Parish Office, St Mark’s Church & Centre, Alma Lane, Farnham GU9 0LT.

The winning name will be chosen by the new hub organising committee, comprising clergy, Post19 and lay representatives of the church.

The winner will be invited to the launch of the development on Saturday, March 28.