Church reopens after £160,000 overhaul

Cutting the ribbon: Church leaders gather at Midge Hall Methodist Church to dedicate the new extension
Cutting the ribbon: Church leaders gather at Midge Hall Methodist Church to dedicate the new extension

A Leyland church is celebrating after the final seal of approval was given to its refurbishment.

Church leaders gathered at Midge Hall Methodist Church this weekend to dedicate the new extension.

The £160,000 overhaul has been going on for 12 months, and includes a larger kitchen, storeroom, and toilet facilities. An extra meeting room has also been created.

The refurbishment is phase one of the plans, with a second phase to improve the entrance and hall to follow.

Barbara Harrison, a steward at the church, said an increase in the number of people attending and the use of it by other groups meant it needed to extend.

She said: “The members of the church aim to serve their local community, and the premises are well used by a variety of local organisations.

“There has been a chapel on the present site since 1867, until almost 20 years ago, when it was decided to extend by building a new church and converting the original church into a hall.”

Fund raising for the extension has been ongoing for a number of years, with the help of the Leyland Round Table and other local Methodist churches.

Lancashire County Council provided a grant for kitchen equipment.

The dedication service was led by Deacon Ellen Monk-Winstanley and an address was given by Rev Kathleen Wood.

The congregation were then led into the church hall by Rev Phil Gough, where the ceremonial ribbon was cut.