THE COMPLETION of new function rooms at a church in Cleckheaton was celebrated last Sunday.
Bishop of Wakefield Stephen Platter led a ‘songs of praise’ event at St John the Evangelist Church, marking a £320,000 transformation.
Choirs from Howard Park Community School and Whitcliffe Mount Business and Enterprise College attended.
They and others, such as the Cleckheaton Community Choir, entertained a packed crowed at the church.
Labour MP Mike Wood, Lib Dem councillors Kath and Andrew Pinnock and Lord Michael and Lady Joan Shaw were among the audience.
Rev Brunel James, priest in charge at St John’s, said: “It was a wonderful event and we’re grateful to everyone who attended.”
St John the Evangelist, based in Chuch Street, now has toilets and a kitchen for the first time in its 180-year history.
Its new community facilities, called the St John’s Centre, boasts a cafe for carers called C3 and function rooms.
Groups from yoga to line dancing and flower clubs have already expressed interest in using the St John’s Centre.
One already confirmed is a baby and toddler group that will run in term time from September.
The cafe, meanwhile, is to open weekly from 2pm to 4pm on Wednesdays from July 10 and is specially for carers.
Cash for the renovations came from years of fundraising by parishioners and grants from bodies such as Kirklees Council.
Rev James added: “We didn’t even have running water before, so it’s quite a revolution to have such great facilities.
“The fundraisers did an amazing job in the teeth of the most the difficult economic climate for a generation.”