Church forced to make way for Asda supermarket celebrates 30th anniversary

Rev Dr Rohintan Mody at St Paul’s

Rev Dr Rohintan Mody at St Paul’s

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A BOURNEMOUTH church forced out of its town centre location by a shopping centre development is celebrating 30 happy years in its new location.

St Paul’s Church was based in the Lansdowne area of Bournemouth from the 19th century until it was compulsorily purchased by the developers of the Asda supermarket.

It moved to Landford Way in Throop and has enjoyed three successful decades as the area’s only community facility.

The church will mark its 30th anniversary over the weekend of July 12 and 13 with an open house and cream teas at 2pm on the Saturday and a special thanksgiving service at 10am on Sunday. This service will include the cutting of a birthday cake and will be followed by games and a picnic in the park.

Rev Dr Rohintan Mody, who has been at the church for around three years, said: “We really want to invite the community in as we celebrate 30 years in this location.

“I think it’s a location that has worked very well for us. There’s a lot of housing here so there’s a lot of people and I think the community appreciate the church because we are the only community building in this area.”

The church has a growing congregation and attracts around 200 people on Sundays. It also has a popular youth section and around 100 children and teenagers attend the church every Friday evening for games and activities.

Parents are invited to stay and have a tea or coffee while their children attend the youth group and there is also a teen group that meets on Sunday evenings.

The church premises is also home to an oversubscribed pre-school and a popular parent and toddler group.

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11:07am Sun 6 Jul 14

kalebmoledirt says...

If it had managed to stay ,like many other churches nowit would been a Mosque
If it had managed to stay ,like many other churches nowit would been a Mosque kalebmoledirt
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12:46pm Sun 6 Jul 14

dvdr says...

By what means can a church territory be compulsorily bought by a supermarket developer?
By what means can a church territory be compulsorily bought by a supermarket developer? dvdr
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12:51pm Sun 6 Jul 14

oldgiraffe says...

The church was not 'forced out'. It was dying and too expensive to maintain. Far better where it is now!
The church was not 'forced out'. It was dying and too expensive to maintain. Far better where it is now! oldgiraffe
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1:02pm Sun 6 Jul 14

muscliffman says...

The article says "St Paul’s Church was based in the Lansdowne area of Bournemouth from the 19th century until it was compulsorily purchased by the developers of the Asda supermarket."

As I understand no private developer can directly 'compulsory purchase' anybody's private property, only a public authority (e.g. A Council) can institue such an action. So presumably this church was effectively 'forced' out by Bournemouth Council, not the developer's of the supermarket.
The article says "St Paul’s Church was based in the Lansdowne area of Bournemouth from the 19th century until it was compulsorily purchased by the developers of the Asda supermarket." As I understand no private developer can directly 'compulsory purchase' anybody's private property, only a public authority (e.g. A Council) can institue such an action. So presumably this church was effectively 'forced' out by Bournemouth Council, not the developer's of the supermarket. muscliffman
  • Score: 18

2:00pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Lord Spring says...

What complete and utter rubbish the church was not forced out by Asda.
The Wessex Way was built through that area also resulting in the loss the Mortuary, East Yard , Advance Laundry and St Pauls School the bulk of the land on which Asda stand was in the ownership of Bournemouth Council which stood idle for a few years before the construction of Asda
What complete and utter rubbish the church was not forced out by Asda. The Wessex Way was built through that area also resulting in the loss the Mortuary, East Yard , Advance Laundry and St Pauls School the bulk of the land on which Asda stand was in the ownership of Bournemouth Council which stood idle for a few years before the construction of Asda Lord Spring
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7:25pm Sun 6 Jul 14

504gld says...

A period photo of the area with the site for Asda being cleared, and the church still standing. I think I preferred the church to what it is now. https://flic.kr/p/eG
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A period photo of the area with the site for Asda being cleared, and the church still standing. I think I preferred the church to what it is now. https://flic.kr/p/eG YkHn 504gld
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8:19pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Lord Spring says...

On reflection St Pauls Road was made into a dual carriageway to link with the Wessex Way engulfing much of the land on which the church stood .
On reflection St Pauls Road was made into a dual carriageway to link with the Wessex Way engulfing much of the land on which the church stood . Lord Spring
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10:16pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Frank Sidebottom says...

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This is what it used to look like.
https://www.flickr.c om/photos/45065527@N 08/5180095831/in/pho tostream/ This is what it used to look like. Frank Sidebottom
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11:53pm Sun 6 Jul 14

whataboutthat says...

I am so happy for god, do you not know that Paddy...
I am so happy for god, do you not know that Paddy... whataboutthat
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11:41am Mon 7 Jul 14

Fingersonthem says...

muscliffman wrote:
The article says "St Paul’s Church was based in the Lansdowne area of Bournemouth from the 19th century until it was compulsorily purchased by the developers of the Asda supermarket."

As I understand no private developer can directly 'compulsory purchase' anybody's private property, only a public authority (e.g. A Council) can institue such an action. So presumably this church was effectively 'forced' out by Bournemouth Council, not the developer's of the supermarket.
Or was it Dorset County Council, around that time 1984 did they not hold sway over us.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: The article says "St Paul’s Church was based in the Lansdowne area of Bournemouth from the 19th century until it was compulsorily purchased by the developers of the Asda supermarket." As I understand no private developer can directly 'compulsory purchase' anybody's private property, only a public authority (e.g. A Council) can institue such an action. So presumably this church was effectively 'forced' out by Bournemouth Council, not the developer's of the supermarket.[/p][/quote]Or was it Dorset County Council, around that time 1984 did they not hold sway over us. Fingersonthem
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