A CRUMBLING church is in desperate need of a £100,000 facelift.
Trinity Methodist Church has more than 500 visitors each week and a congregation of around 100, but the building is in desperate need of upgrading – with working toilets, a new kitchen, disabled access and building works top of the list.
Fundraiser Christine Sykes said: “Everything is in disrepair. We have children’s groups, before and after school clubs, the Matrix youth group, two coffee mornings, the choral society and the soup lunch, but we are embarrassed because people come in and see the awful toilets and the kitchen which is falling apart. We have to make the soups at home because there aren’t the facilities to do it here. We do our best to keep the kitchen clean and tidy but holes are appearing and cupboard doors are falling off.
“In this day and age it would be nice to have toilets that flush all the time and don’t keep blocking.”
Mrs Sykes said members of the Grade II listed church, in Huddersfield Road, raised £300,000 for refurbishment of the worship area 10 years ago but they had to start from scratch to raise cash to do up the community areas.
She said: “We have even had to send out begging letters asking people to give us money. Our plans included the demolition of the big schoolroom, rebuilding it to fasten on to the church and refurbishing the underneath of the church building. When we got the final costings it was so far out of our reach we had to revise the plans. Instead, we’ll demolish the schoolroom and use it as a car park.”
To help raise money for the demolition and other works, members have organised a series of concerts. An Evening with Judith Hibbert, with church organist Ian Abbott, takes place next Friday at 7.30pm. Judith sings hits by Joyce Grenfell, Gracie Fields and Julie Andrews. Tickets are £7 including refreshments.
A pancake lunch takes place in the schoolroom on Saturday March 12, from 11.30am to 1pm. Halifax Gilbert and Sullivan Society performs at 7.30pm that day. Tickets are £5 including refreshments.
And Grange Moor Brass Band performs on Saturday April 9 at 7.15pm. Tickets are £7 including refreshments.
Contact Mrs Sykes on 01924 497612 for tickets.