Church celebrates restoration project

sp90208 Tansley Methodist Church Celebration. L-R, Marion Gregory, Chris Mark,Elizabeth Haywood, Denise Keighley, Margaret Strange, Audrey Strange.
sp90208 Tansley Methodist Church Celebration. L-R, Marion Gregory, Chris Mark,Elizabeth Haywood, Denise Keighley, Margaret Strange, Audrey Strange.

A CELEBRATION to mark the completion of a major refurbishment project at a village church took place at the weekend.

Tansley Methodist Church has undergone a £250,000 renovation and extension to the building, in Church Street.

Supporters launched a fundraising drive in 2009 to pay for the vital work which has included improvements to the church’s ageing roof and new community facilities.

A new kitchen and an extension have also been built, meaning the church, which was built in the 1890s, will now be open to more community groups.

Property secretary Mike Stanyon said: “We now have a kitchen which could cater for the whole of Tansley. It is very, very well equipped.

“We are hoping to be able to open the room up to groups from outside the village as well.”

The weekend also included a celebration of 200 years of Methodism in the village.

A flower festival with a Biblical theme took place and ploughmans lunches, cakes, scones and refreshments were served in the church.

Members marked the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible and the celebrations were closed with a United Songs of Praise led by minister Rev Lyn Houghton.

Mr Stanyon said the event was very well attended and raised around £1,000.

A further £28,000 still needs to be raised to pay off debts, as members borrowed money to complete the project.

Mr Stanyon hoped generous church members will once again dig deep to ensure the project could be completed.

The new rooms provide space for church activities and extra space for community use.

Regular meetings are held in the church including Fair Trade coffee mornings each Friday and a lunchtime Soup and Sweet event on the first and third Friday of each month.