THE latest chapter in the long history of Wesley Methodist Church in Elm Road, Leigh was written last week when a packed church attended the rededication of the building redevelopment that has taken place in recent months.
The aim of the project was to make Wesley Church even more an integral part of the community of Leigh.
Hundreds of thousands of pounds were raised to convert the main hall of the church into a facility that can play a major part in Leigh as a venue for major meetings and concerts.
Other areas of the church have been refurbished and with 14 groups already hiring the facilities it is hoped that others will now follow and that major events can be held.
The Rev Dr Leslie Griffiths was the preacher at the rededication service and Rev David Chapman district chairman led the rededication.
Also in attendance was the Mayor of Southend, Coun Judith McMahon and Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West.
Wesley Methodist Church goes back to 1897 when New Road Methodist Church the fishermen’s chapel, in the Old Town, realised that the town of Leigh was growing and that they needed to expand ‘up the hill’ to where the people were. So they founded Wesley and it continued to grow.
New Road Church takes its foundation from the first visit of John Wesley to Leigh in 1748.
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