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Coppenhall church set to reopen after £250,000 facelift
9:00am Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
A CREWE church is set to reopen next weekend after a £250,000 facelift.
Coppenhall Methodist Church, on Bradfield Road, will stage a weekend of celebration on September 6 to 8 to mark the official opening ceremony of the refurbished church buildings.
The official opening service will be led by Rev Peter Barber, chairman of the Chester and Stoke-on-Trent Methodist District on Friday evening, in the presence of the Mayor of Crewe, Clr Irene Faseyi.
On Saturday evening there will be a brass band concert featuring the Winterley Brass Band, which is a ticket-only event, and expected to be a sell-out.
Celebration worship services on Sunday, September 8, at 10.30am and 6pm will be led by the Vice-President of the Methodist Conference Dr Daleep Mukarji, OBE, former director of the charity Christian Aid.
The 113-year-old Methodist Church on Bradfield Road closed for refurbishment in December 2012.
The church building had been out of use for some years owing to the collapse of the wooden floor.
However both the church and the hall have now been completely renovated and renewed, including a new kitchen and toilets, a concourse-style circulation area, car park, and better access to all parts of the building for disabled people.
The church received funding help in the form of a grant from the Methodist Connexion, the national governing body of the Methodist Church.
On behalf of the Methodist Church, Circuit Superintendent Rev Malcolm Lorimer said: “Coppenhall people have needed an updated building for some years, and it is good that at last it has been possible to get on and provide it.”
A generous grant was also received from WREN, and Peter Cox, managing director of WREN, said: “WREN makes a difference to people’s lives by awarding grants to community, environmental and heritage projects across the UK. We’re delighted to support Coppenhall Methodist Church Centre and their valuable work.”
Tickets for the concert can be bought by calling 01270 500471.
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