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Bowling alley to become church

PUBLISHED: 17:30 25 June 2008 | UPDATED: 10:06 11 August 2010

A FORMER ten pin bowling alley will be converted into a church and conference centre for 500 people, the POST can reveal. Hollywood Bowl in Jenkins Lane, Barking, closed down last autumn and has lain empty ever since. But the lease has now been taken over

A FORMER ten pin bowling alley will be converted into a church and conference centre for 500 people, the POST can reveal.

Hollywood Bowl in Jenkins Lane, Barking, closed down last autumn and has lain empty ever since.

But the lease has now been taken over by an African church called the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Trinity Chapel (RCCG).

The new tenants plan to convert the building into a church, conference centre and banqueting hall, with a restaurant and day care.

Olatunju Adebayo, executive director of TA Property, acting on behalf of the church, said: "This is a suitable building for this kind of use. It has been locked up and empty for some time and we feel the church community will regenerate the place."

RCCG is an evangelical church founded in Nigeria in 1952. Trinity Chapel was based in Stratford but had its church demolished to make way for new housing.

They currently meet in four sites, including the Showcase Cinema right next door to Hollywood Bowl.

Their plans for the site are subject to planning permission from Newham Council.

Trinity Chapel has taken on the 29,880 sq ft site on a 15 year lease at a cost of £179,280 per annum and rising to £298,000.


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