Address & Contact
Six8Nine@Westbourne Methodist Church
Chaplain : Reverend Beverly Hollings
six8nine (formally Westbourne Methodist Church) is situated in the Stranton area of Hartlepool, just off the A689 Tesco roundabout.
Casting Call Musical Theatre Group, Club-a-size, Rock-Fit, Ballet-Fit, the 27th Hartlepool Brownies, Table Tennis, Ninjitsu (martial arts), Vinegar & Brown Paper, 8th Hartlepool Boys Brigade Company, Hartlepool Tamil Language School
The building is also available for adhoc booking and parties.
Details of their meeting times can be found from their Facebook page @thesix8nine or by calling 07984434144 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The first building to be erected on the Westbourne site was the Tin Chapel in 1885 the rest was built in 1906 during the Second World War the church building was badly damaged, and worship continued in the schoolrooms. The church itself was demolished in 1999 leaving the still quite extensive church hall
premises. The land where the church had been remains as still wasteland. The schoolrooms were again refurbished as a worship centre which was re-dedicated in May 2000.
Regular Sunday worship was due to cease on 31st August 2020.
Prior to the point when the cease to worship request was inevitable, the 8th Hartlepool Boys Brigade, who had called Westbourne home for 87 years, approached the church council for permission to explore the possibility of taking over the management of the building. Fast forward through many meetings and
discussions and a working group were ready to plan in details for a new venture.
Those discussions continued despite the restrictions of the pandemic, and the six8nine was born.
The building remains in Circuit ownership and a joint project, with the Boys’ Brigade in day-to-day management, now provides a community venue for organisations and groups who primarily have a young people, or health related focus.
There is a vision and a plan for the future, with an extension and new carparking on the drawing board.
The Defib Story
In March 2021, the boys of the 8 th Hartlepool Boys’ Brigade, based at six8nine, were challenged to walk, virtually, from Lands End to John O’Groats, which is approximately 1.7millon steps. The event was sponsored and hoped to raise £1000 towards a Public Access Defibrillator for the outside of six8nine. We knew it was a big ask but had faith in our young people.
After just 2 weeks, they had smashed the target distance, so we raised the bar and asked for a return journey to be included. Not only did they smash this, but they also walked enough to get back to Hartlepool as well. In the end, just over 4 million steps were walked and £1600 raised.
Skip forward to the summer, and the town heard of the sudden death of Danny Shurmer, a keen and otherwise healthy sportsman. His family and friends, devastated by his death, set out to provide defibrillators across the town, with their DS43 group, and that is when the idea of a joint project was formed.
Earlier this month (October2021), we watched as the new defibrillator, in a secure case, was fitted to the outside of our building. It was an emotional day, not just in recognition of the achievement of the young people for their community, but also in meeting Danny’s parents for the official installation.
Within an hour of it being placed, the machine went live on the 999 system, meaning North East Ambulance Service, are now ready to direct people to its location whenever then need arises.
We genuinely hope it is a huge waste of money, but do so knowing that if the need arises, the steps of the boys, and the collaboration between the BB, DS43 group and six8nine will be there to try to make a difference.