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Tuesday, 21 January 2014 (3047665)
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by Danielle Thompson

FUNDRAISERS have reached their target of £280,000 to pay for a massive renovation project to begin at Burscough Methodist Church.

But the reverend, Minister Michael Tindsley, and his team are appealing for help to raise the last £30,000 to pay for fixtures and fittings once modernisation work is complete.

Volunteers will help to gut the building before work can start inside the church on Orrell Lane, which includes ripping up the traditional pews.

Work at the church, which has been open since 1869, will begin next month and is expected to last until September.

When it finishes, they will need new fittings including carpets and chairs.

Senior steward, Pat Robinson, who helps to look after day to day running of the church, said: “The present building is not suitable for today’s needs, we want to make our church a place where all people from the community can access the building easily, as well as being an open and welcoming place.

”When we decided to start this project the amount of money that we needed was very daunting, but with God’s help and a lot of hard work from many, many people we are almost there.

“One of our church members, Frank Timmings, looked at the architect's plans and made a model of what the church will look like after the work to help everyone to visualise what it be like.”

Fundraising started in 2009 and over the last six years they have raised £280,000, and it is hoped that the Burscough Methodist Church Players pantomime production of Cindrella, which is being performed by the at the Church Hall on Orrell Lane from Friday January 24 until Saturday 1st February, will raise another £5,000.

Reverend Tindsley urged the public to attend the last service at the church before it closes for renovation work.

He said: “We want to let everyone know that we are holding a special service of celebration to commemorate the life of Burscough Methodist Church over the last 145 years, and we would like to invite everybody to join us on Sunday February 2 at 4.30pm, for the last service in the church building as we know it now.”

Whilst renovations are taking place the services and activities will be held in the hall opposite the main church building.

To offer help or to donate, contact Reverend Tindsley on 01704 893230.

For Cinderella tickets, contact Frank on 01704 894098 or visit their Facebook page, Burscough panto.


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