July 2015 - NewStart in Birmingham and Midlands

Wren’s Nest: From unused community centre to community of the future

On a dark January evening last year, 7 year old Danica accompanied her mum to a meeting in a draughty community centre in the heart of her neighbourhood. A mile to the north west of Dudley town centre, Wren’s Nest is an estate of housing built in the 1930s to re-house families from slum clearances. Built at the same time, St Christopher’s Parish Church has been run by local residents as a community centre since 1982, on a peppercorn lease from the diocese.