Success for church plan to move from Hatfield to Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 15:00 12 March 2014

Lloyd Manyangadze outside Oxlease House

Lloyd Manyangadze outside Oxlease House


A Christian group is overjoyed that it can centralise its four congregations in Welwyn Garden City after winning over sceptical council planners.

The Revival Church International, whose members worship in Stevenage, Luton, and St Albans besides Oxlease House in Travellers Lane, Hatfield, was refused planning permission last year to take over a disused warehouse in Martinfield, Welwyn Garden City, because of insufficient parking.

But last week, the borough council approved the church’s revised application, which was supported by offers from neighbouring businesses to lend parking spaces on Sundays.

Pastor Lloyd Manyangadze told the Welwyn Hatfield Times on Friday: “I found out this morning.

“It was mind-blowing.

“First, I thank God, who has answered our prayers, but I also thank B&Q and our other neighbours who have offered us their parking spaces.

“It has been a long journey, but now I am really excited.”

He announced the good news to his Hatfield congregation on Sunday, and hopes to start services in Welwyn Garden City within three weeks.

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