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NORTHAM CHURCH OF CHRIST IN THE EARLY 2000s .  The people at Northam Church of Christ planned to build a new, community focused Church building to meet the needs of our Church membership.  The Church has been in existence since 1905, but we wanted to update our facilities to enable us to be relevant and effective in the 21st Century.  Our early plans had us attempting to build a new building to join on with the old church, but this had a lot of structural and functional problems involved with it and eventually we found it best to take the huge step to demolish the old building and start with a new design.  
                                                                  

Our builders, Fewster & Stone encouraged us to think carefully about our design, prompting us to move our focus to making it welcoming for everyone to use.  Our leaders went to the Northam Town Council to ask what needs there were in the town that we could help meet.  The main identified need was for a room to seat 40-90 people that could be used for holding training days and seminars, particularly for the use of the Government departments located here in Northam.  At this stage Lotterywest heard of our plans and asked to meet with us, and our vision grew a lot bigger as we started to think about how this building could be used by the wider community.  
              

LOTTERYWEST PARTNERSHIP    We had a lot of discussions with many people from the various groups in town, told them about our plans, asked what things they might like to use the building for and discussed any changes that might be needed to make this possible.  Because of our community involvement in our focus groups and in our new vision Lotterywest agreed to give us $700,000 towards what turned out to be $1.8m building.  The rest of the money has been given, or pledged from the people in the Church, and this financial commitment will continue for several more years.

OFFICIAL OPENING The building was completed in October 2007, taking about 15 months to build. The official Opening for the community was Saturday 3rd November, 2007 followed by a dedication for the Church on Sunday, November 4th.   Now, Bridgeley Community Centre is for all the community to use, as well as being the home of Bridgeley Church of Christ and is used nearly every day for the week in many different ways.