Church auction raises over £1,000

Betty Ellison with a donated hat and clogs
Betty Ellison with a donated hat and clogs
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An auction day to extend a popular Leyland church gave the campaign a £1,800 boost.

Volunteers donated 300 valuables to the Midge Hall Methodist Church effort at a special auction day.

Campaigner Betty Ellison said: “We were absolutely chuffed to bits with the outcome. It was a fantastic day.”

Ex-professional auctioneer Bill Cordiner took charge of the three-hour event, which will help fund phase two of the church’s development.

“Phase one cost us £160,000, and included building a store room, kitchen and new toilet facilities,” Betty said. “The second phase is for a bigger porch, vestry and meeting room, and should cost around £60,000.

“The church is in really good condition, but we just need more room now.”

The venue is used by groups such as painting classes, dance sessions and parties.

The auction raised £1,400, and refreshments brought in an extra £400 at the event on March 19.

The most expensive item, a folding bike, amounted to £75, while some objects, such as a glass decanter, added around £1.

Betty’s favourite donations included a hat and a pair of clogs.

She said: “We’re hoping to get all the work finished by the end of the year, and we’ve got such a dedicated team, I’m very optimistic we’ll achieve that.”

The auction was the first fundraiser to collect money for phase two of the extensions, but coffee mornings held on the third Thursday of every month from 10am until midday will also contribute towards the total.

There will also be a free ‘Messy Church’ Easter event for families and children from 6pm until 8pm on April 1, with crafts and food.