'Space age' Bolton church hailed by Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber

'Space age' Bolton church hailed by Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber

'Space age' Bolton church hailed by Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , business editor

A £4.8 MILLION scheme to turn a neglected and vandalised church into a space age community centre has been hailed by Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber and shortlisted for an English Heritage award. 

The Angel Award nomination also recognises the work done by the man driving the 10-year campaign to get the project at All Souls Church, in Felton Walk, Bolton, off the ground. 

However, chairman of All Souls Bolton — the group formed to administer the community centre — Inayat Omarji said he wanted none of the glory associated with the prestigious nomination. 

Mr Omarji said: “It’s come out of the blue. The Churches Conservation Trust, the owners and our national partners, put myself and the project up for the award. 

“It’s all about the partnership, the project, the 10 years of hard work behind it, and the community.” 

Mr Ormaji said that organisers were now eagerly anticipating the opening of the state-of-the-art building within a building, scheduled for November. 

He said: “The opening is round the corner. It will be great to see this beautiful, crafted building come alive again. 

“A hundred years ago it was place for the people who worked in the mills of Bolton to come and reflect. Now the mills have more or less disappeared. It will serve another purpose for the whole community. 

“It’s about conserving a historic building for the whole of Bolton.” 

The Angel Awards were founded in 2011 by Lord Lloyd Webber to celebrate the efforts of individuals and local groups all over the country who put hours of hard work, passion and perseverance into saving vulnerable, damaged and derelict historic landmarks from being lost forever. 

A star-studded, red carpet awards ceremony takes place at the Palace Theatre in London on November 3, hosted by Lord Lloyd Webber. 

English Heritage is inviting members of the public to visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/angelawards to see the shortlist and to vote. 

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9:50am Fri 22 Aug 14

Ernagy2 says...

Some good news about Bolton's history. Hope it will accept visitors from all the community
Some good news about Bolton's history. Hope it will accept visitors from all the community Ernagy2
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11:27am Fri 22 Aug 14

I, Ludicrous says...

We cower in our shelters, with our hands over our ears
Lloyd Webber's awful stuff runs for years and years and years
An earthquake hits the theatre, but the operetta lingers
Then the piano lid comes down and breaks his **** fingers
It's a miracle
We cower in our shelters, with our hands over our ears Lloyd Webber's awful stuff runs for years and years and years An earthquake hits the theatre, but the operetta lingers Then the piano lid comes down and breaks his **** fingers It's a miracle I, Ludicrous
  • Score: 0

4:12pm Fri 22 Aug 14

LoveBolton says...

Well done to Inayat and crew. Hope the project is a huge success and good luck with the award if anyone deserves to win that then it's Inayat, I ve known Inayat for a long time and he is a very hard working individual, he has given much of his own time on many community projects over the years, and many individual s as well as groups have benefited from his efforts. To the usual moaners and haters, and so called heritage lovers, take a leaf from this individual and if you want save more of British heritage then get in touch with the heritage society and get involved in a project, instead of moaning about buildings that are not listed as heritage and put the time and effort on such buildings as this one.
Well done to Inayat and crew. Hope the project is a huge success and good luck with the award if anyone deserves to win that then it's Inayat, I ve known Inayat for a long time and he is a very hard working individual, he has given much of his own time on many community projects over the years, and many individual s as well as groups have benefited from his efforts. To the usual moaners and haters, and so called heritage lovers, take a leaf from this individual and if you want save more of British heritage then get in touch with the heritage society and get involved in a project, instead of moaning about buildings that are not listed as heritage and put the time and effort on such buildings as this one. LoveBolton
  • Score: 11

9:25pm Fri 22 Aug 14

nigella farrage says...

Well said, LoveBolton.

:-)

Good luck to all involved in hoping to win and well done with what you have done, so far!

Bolton now has another hidden gem.
Well said, LoveBolton. :-) Good luck to all involved in hoping to win and well done with what you have done, so far! Bolton now has another hidden gem. nigella farrage
  • Score: 5

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