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About our Dudley Building

Headway Black Country operates from premises in Dudley and Willenhall, with Dudley being our administrative base as well as a rehabilitation centre. Our Dudley building is an historic 100-year-old Black Country former Methodist Church which we purchased in a derelict state in 2010.

Martin Street Dudley West MidlandsFollowing extensive renovation and refurbishment, the former Church became operational in April 2011 as the base for Headway Black Country.

The renovation of this historic building included a new roof, new boundary fence and car parking and remodelling of the interior to provide ground floor accessible activity rooms, kitchen, toilets and office accommodation. New plumbing, electrics and central heating together with new windows have completed the transformation of the building into a modern, warm and welcoming facility.

Mayor of Dudley West MidlandsHeadway House was officially opened by the Mayor of Dudley, together with Wolverhampton Wanderers players Jodie Craddock and Karl Henry on 22nd August 2011.

Historic Associations
Our premises, the former Vicar Street Methodist Church, Dudley was made famous by peace campaigner and mountain climber Bert Bissell (9 January 1902 - 2 November 1998).

There has been a church on the site since 1902 but the current building, which was built in 1942, was the only chapel to be built in Britain during the Second World War and cost just £2,000.

The chapel was well known for its 'Young Men's Bible Class' which was started in 1925 by Bert Bissell. The bible class remained at the church for 83 years. At the end of WW2 on VJ day in 1945 Bert Bissell and a group from the Bible Class climbed the 4406 feet to the top of Ben Nevis to build a peace cairn. He subsequently ascended the
Bert Bissellmountain more than 100 times with groups. The peace cairn is still there and is a visitor attraction.

Bert Bissell was born in Humberside in 1902, son to a Primitive Methodist Minister. He was awarded the MBE for his outstanding work in the Probation Service in Dudley. He was also presented with the World Methodist Peace Award, an honour awarded to Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter and Kofi Annan.


Acknowledgements and Further Resources


www.blackcountrybugle.co.uk/News/Football-legend-with-Bible-class-scholars

www.blackcountrybugle.co.uk/News/Gornal-cyclists-at-Ben-Nevis-Peace-Cairn

www.blackcountryhistory.org/collections

www.savestjohnschurch.zoomshare.com

www.dudleynews.co.uk/news/local/3626495.Church closes doors

www.expressandstar.com/news/2008/05/28/end-of-era-as-church-forced-to-close




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