Opening date for ‘Bombed Out’ Church

THE Liverpool ‘Bombed Out’ Church (St Luke’s) is set to re-open on June 17. The building has been closed for two years to undergo major maintenance and repairs, and curator and artistic director Ambrose Reynolds, says the future looks very exciting for the historic venue. “St Lukes is such a special place,” said Ambrose, who has been a director at the building for 10 years. “WE have a very special opening weekend planned – and are looking forward to bringing back some community favourites this summer, such as our outdoor cinema, meditation and much more.” Following major investment from English Heritage and Liverpool City Council, Ambrose has teamed up with Liverpool Organic Brewery founder Mark Hensby to form a joint company to deliver the plans. Mark said: “When Ambrose told me about the bid to take over the church, I knew it would be a fantastic opportunity. “I have held events in the past at St Luke’s, and it’s one of my favourite places in the entire city. With the passion Ambrose has and the community spirit surrounding the venue, I am delighted to be involved.” Ambrose added: “St Luke’s has always been a part of the community, and that is at the forefront of the future plans. “We have hundreds of fantastic volunteers who have dedicated time to keeping the venue open. This is a proper community project, it’s all about the neighbourhood.” The church will reopen its gardens on June 17 and 18 or a weekend of fun. On Saturday, June 17, The Stratford Festival Orchestra & Choir will be performing a live version of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. There will be two recitals at 1pm and 5pm. The Orchestra’s Musical Director, Simon Kemp, says, “The Beatles material really lends itself to an orchestra and has rich opportunities for vocal harmony. We’re looking forward to taking those songs that everyone knows and loves, and creating an epic event”. This will be a seated fundraising event. First release early bird tickets are £10 and general sale tickets are £15. Refreshments will be available from a licensed bar and food will be available. On Sunday, June 18, the gardens will open from 12pm – 5pm. Members of the public are encouraged to bring their own blankets and seating to enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the gardens. There will be entertainment, refreshments and food available. Entry to the gardens will be free of charge. The interior of the church will reopen in mid-July. The venue will continue hosting exhibitions, theatre and classic cinema and now wants to open itself to weddings, parties and festivals too. Tickets for the opening event on Saturday 17th June are available on Eventbrite – https://bocopening.eventbrite.co.uk For further information about the opening weekend please email enquiries@bombedoutchurch.com