Cleckheaton church unveils next phase in refurbishment

The Rev Roger Smith at Cleckheaton Methodist Church.
The Rev Roger Smith at Cleckheaton Methodist Church.

Cleckheaton Methodist Church is throwing its doors open to the public tomorrow (Friday March 14), to showcase its extensive refurbishment.

Among the visitors will be MP Mike Wood, who will see the progress of the Faith in our Future project to upgrade its community facilities.

The third phase, which completed last September focused on improvements to the ground floor community hall, snooker room, toilets, and storage facilities. Single-glazed windows were replaced with double-glazed ones, making the community centre more energy-efficient. Toilets for disabled users were also installed and a small kitchen area created.

The event kicks off at 10am and runs until 2pm. At noon there will be a short ceremony to acknowledge the contribution made by architects, Design Studio-North; builders, Crossmann Builders and Walter West Builders; and funders including The Veolia Environmental Trust.

Refreshments, including hot meals, tea, coffee and cakes, will be available throughout the day.

Plans for the next stage of work will also be unveiled at the open day. They include access improvements and upgrading the church’s worship space. Work is expected to be complete by summer 2015.

The church is used seven days a week and it offers a variety of community activities including a playgroup, Rainbows, Brownies & Guides, a day centre, and cross stitch, table tennis, snooker and line dancing activities.

The church’s minister the Rev Roger Smith said: “We want to serve the community of Cleckheaton by providing good quality facilities for church and community activities. Our plan is to enhance the upstairs worship space this autumn and complete the refurbishment next year with a new entrance on Mortimer Street, giving easy access to the whole building.”

The project plans can also be viewed this Sunday before and after the 10.30am service.

Improvement work to date has cost £185,000 and funding has come from several sources including local fundraising, other church and community sources and The Veolia Environmental Trust, who awarded a grant of £32,280 through the Landfill Communities Fund.