Bar in church ready to open

By Martin Neville

Saturday, May 17, 2014

 

Bar in church ready to open

Bar associate Courtney Bolden pulling a pint at The Man in the Moon. Picture by Laura Holme.

PUB operator JD Wetherspoon is set to open its new venue in Newport next week, with the creation of 70 new jobs.

The company has spent £1.86 million developing the former Temptation nightclub in St James’s Street.

Named The Man in the Moon, the pub will be managed by Tony Duncan. The jobs will be a mixture of full and part-time and include management, bar and kitchen staff.

The site was once the Newport Congregational Church and has been home to several bars since the sale of the church in 2002. Designed by Francis Pouget, the Gothic-style Great Chapel was built in 1848.

The trustees had secured the plot for £500-5s, and, in 1818, it was described in legal documents as the plot formerly known as The Man in the Moon.

It was recorded by that name in 1739 and many years earlier in the will of John Hopkins Gent of Newport, dated October 14, 1680.

The new-look pub, which is on two floors, will feature one bar, a specially adapted toilet for people with disabilities as well as a beer garden to the front of the building.

Photographs, local history, commissioned artwork by Island artists and information boards relating to events, history and characters of the area will be displayed in the pub, which will specialise in real ales.

The artwork includes photography by Newport-born Ainsley Bennett, as well as Chris Weston, watercolour drawing by Barry Ecuyer, oil on canvas by Lorna Seaward and two pieces by Celia Wilkinson.

The pub opens on Tuesday.

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by Colin Barton

20th May 2014, at 21:07:01

good planning though for the site, bus stop outside and bookies over the road. What would the church goers think of that!

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by lulu arnold

20th May 2014, at 09:13:02

p.s. you don't need a church to worship your God , I found the "churches" in Kenya 4 poles and a sheet thrown over them full of love singing energy and comfort , I found the churches in uk full of old people of which I am 1, sad, depressing , self righteous , ego tripping for the man above us all in the pulpit ,cold , uncomfortable , and far to restrained .

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by lulu arnold

20th May 2014, at 09:07:12

Maybe if "the church" went in to pubs , shops , car boots , places where people now go to on a Sunday the church would reach more people ,if churches even had little bars , library's, Wi-Fi it might attract younger people , Ryde has lost a wonderful church others will follow , Vicars need to be more "out there" take the history of this church to the pub , give a talk once a month, I am not a lover of pubs or churches but unless the church goers mix with the pub goers like they do in Ireland where church is big on the list of every one , and the Priest can be seen having a pint after mass ...

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by Colin Barton

19th May 2014, at 21:43:02

This site hasn't been a church for years.

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by Colin Barton

19th May 2014, at 21:40:38

Is Gaspard living in the real world? or just posthumating!

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by Gaspard Postlethwaite

18th May 2014, at 21:56:53

Extremely sad that a Church is turned into a public house...........especially one run by Wetherspoons. If it is anything like the other two they operate on the Island then existing pubs do not need to worry. They are rather shabby places, unfriendly staff.......and as for employing 70 ........I would find that very hard to believe. I must admit I have only visited the William Coppin and Fowlers on one occasion but that was quite enough. The smell as you enter is a good indication of how awful the experience will be. I have told Mrs P never to take me there again.........or there will be trouble!

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by sam smith

18th May 2014, at 21:39:00

I agree with David Dore. As a Christian I find it offensive to see former Churches used as pubs. Pubs are not social clubs and neither are Churches. Churches are places of worship and sadly they are falling into disuse probably due to the large number of people who think they are just social clubs and have no respect for Christianity any more.

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by Mike Crowe

18th May 2014, at 17:08:11

David it is not sad. Not sad at all. Why? Because more people will use it for pleasure and enjoyment. Take a look at an ex church in Exeter http://www.exeterwhiteensignclub.co.uk/

I have been to that club many times and it is a great "social" place. Is that wrong? If you say 'yes', why? People were not using that church before, they are now, why is that wrong?

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by David Dore

18th May 2014, at 02:44:05

So sad to see a Pub go in to a Church. A building that was built to worship The Lord. I think the Islanders need to get back to worship The Lord! Not beer and Pubs.

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by James Reed

18th May 2014, at 00:45:36

Great news for Newport, its just a shame for places like the castle, great pub run by good landlords

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