Opening Celebration of Long Hanborough Methodist Church

30th April 2016: Long Hanborough Methodist Church celebrated the opening of its new church facilities.

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The church, dating back to 1895 and later extended in 1970, is a focal point within the village with some 300 people using its facilities on a weekly basis for activities including ballet and art classes, village choir and youth activities.


Sadly in recent years the church had become increasingly difficult to use with a serious damp problem permeating throughout the extension and into the Chapel. The meeting room, kitchen and toilet facilities were also inadequate and a struggle to use – particularly for the church volunteers running the popular Cornerstone coffee shop.


Faced with these challenges the Church set out to raise the necessary funds to totally refurbish the church facilities. After six years of dedicated fund-raising, sufficient funds were available by early 2015 to start work on site in October 2015.


The Long Hanborough Methodist Church appointed the architect firm Stanhope Wilkinson Associates to draw up the plans and Basil Wyatt & Sons Ltd to carry out the work and, first and foremost, tackle the damp problem.


Six months on and the church is now well insulated with underfloor heating in the chapel and the other main areas of the church. New function room, now named The Milner Room, kitchen, store room and toilet facilities have been installed and the church also has an improved, inviting entrance with level access.


Nigel James, Long Hanborough Methodist Church, commented,


“This truly has been a community effort to raise funds for the Methodist Church re-development. We have waited a long time for this to come to fruition, through ups and downs and we are more than pleased with the result. Basil Wyatt has done a magnificent job. We are so grateful to our Anglican friends for the use of their church while our building work was being undertaken. So many people have contributed to this project and we cannot thank them enough. We hope that the whole community will take advantage of our improved premises and share them with us in all sorts of ways.”


David Wyatt, Managing Director, added,


“We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with the Parish of Long Hanborough Methodist Church and hope the local community of Long Hanborough enjoy much pleasure from using the new church facilities.”


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