Church celebrates £135,000 latest stage in restoration project

ONE of the most prominent buildings in Cleckheaton has benefited from a £135,000 refit.

The investment is the latest stage in the continuing restoration of the town’s Methodist Church on Mortimer Street.

Events including a snooker and table tennis marathon tomorrow (Saturday) are to be held in celebration.

The sports extravaganza, featuring stalls and refreshments such as an all-day breakfast, runs from 9am to 6pm in the community room downstairs.

There will be services of thanksgiving at 11am tomorrow and 10.30am on Sunday.

Lord and Lady Shaw and their son, retired Major General Jonathan Shaw, are among the guests for the Saturday service. Their relative, John Graham Mowat, who died in combat aged 23 in 1917, is commemorated on the church’s restored First World War memorial.

The church also boasts a new organ, refurbished pulpit and a five-sided communion rail by Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson.

Contractor Walter West of Dewsbury and architects Design Studio North of Bradford led the scheme.

Church minister Rev Roger Smith said: “Together we’ve created an attractive and inspiring space.

“The challenge facing us now is to use it well as a worshipping congregation and to serve the local community.”

Cash came from donations, fundraising, a legacy and the sale of the former Broomfield Methodist Church.

A final phase of work will see the creation of a new entrance on Mortimer Street and refurbishment of the ground floor.

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