A NEW lease of life for St Annes’ former seafront casino is almost complete.
The Renovate Life Community Church is set to bring a host of new community facilities to The Island site.
Pastor Ann Strickland and her team have a series of ambitious plans for the seafront site, which they intend to name The Island Community Complex.
The church’s centre will occupy the former casino section of the Island, with the four-screen cinema continuing in the part of the building nearest the seafront.
It will include a 300-seat auditorium, various meeting rooms, a media suite with facilities for computer courses, a sound and production studio and a cafe.
Planning permission was granted by Fylde Council in May and church officials hope to move into the site before Christmas.
Pastor Strickland, who founded the church, said: “Our church has grown and we want to get everyone on board and benefit the community.
“We are really excited about the future. The complex will give the area a fantastic meeting point and we feel the facilities offered will give life and hope to the youth of the town as well as creating opportunities to bring wealth into the area with concerts and business facilities.”
The church currently holds its Sunday sessions at St Annes YMCA, and also holds different clubs for all ages throughout the week.
The move to The Island complex is expected to create around 20 new jobs and Pastor Strickland added: “It’s going to be a great place for the young people.
“It’s not held us back not having a home but I believe it will be the catalyst to build things up.
“Most of all we hope the centre will help people recover broken lives and get them back on their feet again.”
Renovate Life Church is a registered charity and an associate of the Assemblies of God of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
It is a Christian church but aims for a more contemporary expression of faith by injecting fun into worship.
Pastor Strickland, renowned as a motivational speaker and life coach, is presenting a show, Living The Life You’ve Always Wanted, at Lytham’s Lowther Pavilion on November 2 and proceeds from the evening will be split between the Renovate Life Church and the Blackpool charity Donna’s Dream House.