Salvation Army Hall due to open this autumn

By Community Reporter Charlie Watts

Main picture taken by Charlie Watts shows refurbishment taking place at the Salvation Army Hall in Padstow Road.

The Salvation Army building taken this month.

The Salvation Army church and community hall in Padstow Road has been shut since last year – but it’s now expected to reopen this autumn. 

The Salvation Army Bedminster Corps – currently based in Dean Lane – will be relocating into it.  

A Salvation Army spokesperson said: “Our Bristol Bedminster church will be moving from our premises on Dean Lane to our Bristol Knowle West halls on Padstow Road.

“Our building at Knowle West is currently undergoing refurbishment and the ministry of The Salvation Army in the south of Bristol will be based out of that building once the refurbishment is complete – estimated to be at some point in the autumn.” 

It’s unclear what’ll happen to the Dean Lane building – which has been used for over 100 years – when the Bedminster Corps moves out of it.    

But a Salvation Army spokesperson said they’re “looking at a number of plans” for it. 

“The future of the building in Bedminster is yet to be decided but a number of options are being considered,” they added. 

Knowle West resident Luke Dean is one of those looking forward to the Salvation Army having a presence in the area again. 

He said: “I feel positive about it reopening because it’s a good thing for the community. There’s no point in having it closed anyway. Hopefully it’ll be even better than the last time it was open.” 

The Salvation Army has owned the Padstow Road building since 1971 – but the building itself has been around for longer – shown on a 1947 map as a ‘mission hall’.