The PCC at the time decided that a modern, low maintenance design was the best way to go and many visits to other churches ensued, to ensure that the best possible design was chosen. The building is designed so that the church ‘rises to God’ from the back of the church to the cross on the Altar wall. Many items were taken from the ‘old’ St Columba’s including the Font and Pulpit and the statue of the Virgin Mary, which was stripped of her colours and taken back to her original, beautiful, wood finish. Some pipes from the organ at St Columba’s were rescued too but this didn’t ‘turn into’ an organ until November 1983 and it was played beautifully by Ken Bumfrey from then, until his death in 2013. The original chairs came from St Chad’s too, so, if possible, nothing was wasted.
Eventually the foundation stone of our church was laid on 20th November 1982 by the Venerable C P Unwin and the photograph shows the Rev Peter Elliott, his family and church wardens at that momentous time. The dedication ceremony for the church was held in June 1983 and in June 1991 the church was consecrated.
St Columba’s is a very friendly place where you will receive a warm welcome during every visit. We strive to make people feel at home and we try to care for those around us. We’re not perfect (and don’t pretend to be) but we do try! We have many activities available and you are welcome to join us at any of them.