THE project to convert Wesley Methodist Church in Leigh into a community facility is now complete.
An important part of the project was the creation of a piece of community art in paint by number format on the hoarding by local artist Mary Lister, her parents and the people of Leigh. The boards are in the process of being reused.
With the efforts of contractor Huttons and the design team the project was completed on programme and cost at the end of November.
Further funding continues although most of the funding has come from national charities specifically for this project.
Spokesman Richard King commented: “The completed project has retained and enhanced key elements of the historic building such as the porch, stained glass and wonderful roof structure whilst improving access both within and external to the church.”
A programme of community events using the new facilities has already commenced with a nativity and the annual North Street Carol Services followed by The Sandra Singer stage school presenting a concert, Age Concern lunch and service and the very popular Christingle service.
Mr King added: “Looking further ahead into the New Year in January we propose to focus on helping those with dementia.
“ On Saturday, January 28 we have a service of rededication to mark completion of the project with a service led by our minister Rev Julia and the sermon given by Rev Leslie Griffiths, Baron Griffiths of Burry Port, who can be heard on Radio 2’s Pause for Thought.”
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