We at St John’s have long had a desire to be able to provide a place in our community which encourages a thriving and inclusive community here in Grove. The current church was built in 1960, and since then there has been a steady expansion of our buildings, almost exclusively funded by the generosity of church members.
The current buildings host our local Children’s centre, 2 toddler groups, Friends on Friday, Brownies, Guides, Wantage and Grove Chess club, two badminton groups, a keep fit group, and offers facilities to local organisations to hire, and particularly welcomes those that support young people, families, those with disabilities and the elderly, and/or are working towards building an inclusive and supportive community. To this end we have had a major development and refurbishment project this which is now largely complete. This includes a memorial garden, and a flexible, modern and attractive Hall and associated Rooms to host community events. In particular we seek to encourage the integration of the planned 2500 new households for Grove into the existing community, as well as allow groups that currently use smaller facilities in the area to expand.