Irthlingborough church celebrates makeover

Marika Hillsom (vice-chairman of ENDC), Peter Hancock (Methodist district chairman) and the Rev Liz Dunning

Marika Hillsom (vice-chairman of ENDC), Peter Hancock (Methodist district chairman) and the Rev Liz Dunning

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A celebration has been held to unveil the results of a £150,000 refurbishment for a church building.

About 150 people attended an open day to mark the end of a project to overhaul Irthlingborough Methodist Church rooms.

Various funding sources were needed, including grants from Biffa Award, East Northamptonshire Council’s Community Fund and the Methodist Church.

Individual donations have also helped raise the £150,000 needed for the project.

Property secretary Kathleen Whittaker said: “The rooms opened in 1960 and were very tired.

“They didn’t have facilities for the disabled, needed replacement heating and windows, just everything really.

“They weren’t really a pleasant place to be, something had to be done.

“But despite that, they were extremely well used for their limitations.

“It is now much more comfortable, accessible for all and we have a brand new kitchen with commercial catering equipment in there.

“The toilet area was all reconfigured and the windows and heating replaced.

“We have done this not only for the church community, which is increasing and the needs are increasing but for the wider community.

“They already use it but we hope they will use it even more in the future.”

Kathleen added: “We have already got two new regular bookings which is very encouraging.”

The makeover of the rooms follows refurbishment of the church itself which was finished in 2009.

Kathleen said: “It’s a nice facility for the town.”