Hope Centre at St Mary's Church, Loughton, set for opening
Building work on a new community centre in the heart of Loughton has been completed.
The St Mary's Hope Centre will open its doors to the public on Saturday, September 16, when there will be an official opening at 1.30pm during the Love Loughton Fun Day.
Love Loughton runs from noon until 4pm.
Members of the public are invited to attend.
Building work on the new centre started in July last year.
The Hope Centre replaces the former Ignite Centre which was built in the 1970s and was no longer fit-for-purpose.
The new centre has cost £1.1m, most of which has been raised by members of the church.
The Hope Centre, which is attached to the main church building via a glazed link, offers a large hall, meeting room, catering facilities and counselling room.
The centre will offer a range of services to the local community, including Loughton Foodbank, Christian counselling, toddler groups and youth work, and activities for the elderly and isolated.
The Hope Centre is also available for lettings.
St Mary's Church Vicar Rev'd Malcolm Macdonald said: "After a year of building we are so excited to be able to open the Hope Centre at the heart of the High Road in Loughton.
"St Mary's is all about bringing love and hope to our beautiful town.
"Everyone is warmly invited to come to Love Loughton and have a good look inside the new Hope Centre.
"There is good news and hope on our High Road."