Additions and Alterations
A small hall, kitchen and toilets were erected in 1964 adjoining the south east corner of the church. Soon afterwards a larger hall, now known as the 'old hall' was built and opened by the Rt Revd Dr Gerald Ellison, Bishop of Chester on 1st November 1969 The overall concept was to complete this with an upper floor containing rooms for Sunday School, under a continuation of the line of the sanctuary roof. This second phase was never finished.
Rear of the church showing the church hall built in 1964
By 1973 there was again a need to increase the seating capacity of the church. This was provided by the erection of a balcony with linking staircase within the entrance porch. The pews in the balcony came from a redundant church in Liverpool. The western screen, which was glazed, was moved forward and the glass removed to enable those seated underneath the balcony to hear what was happening. The balcony was formally opened by the Rt Revd Gordon Strutt, Bishop of Stockport on Whit Sunday 1976.
A sketch of the western screen before the balcony was built.
Following the closure in 1983, and the eventual sale of the National School, accommodation was needed for the Sunday School. In 1987 a new suite of rooms comprising a large lounge-type room, a kitchen, a toilet to disability standards and a Church Office were constructed down the northern side of the church. A new entrance formed a lobby to these 'New Church Rooms', which were opened on 27 January 1990 by Councillor John Jackson, a Lay Reader at St Chad's, during his period of office as Mayor of Macclesfield Borough, in the presence of the Bishop of Stockport, The Rt Revd Frank Sargeant.
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