Church opens after undergoing extreme makeover

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A CHURCH is celebrating the completion of an ambitious year-long refurbishment which has seen the building rebuilt from scratch.

Kingdom Hall, in Seamer Road, has reopened its doors after being closed since last March.

The building, which was originally built in the 19th century, was completely demolished, before being rebuilt a yard away from its original spot.

It was rebuilt using a mixture of new lightweight materials, as well as stone from the original building, which acts as a reminder of the church’s past.

And the Church, which is the home to the Scarborough congregation of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, is holding an open day on Saturday to showcase the hall to the public. Graham Poole, who is a trustee at Kingdom Hall, said:

“We would love for the general public, especially our neighbours, to come in and have a look around at what we think is a wonderful building.

“People in the neighbourhood have been incredibly understanding as the work has gone on over the year, and we can’t thank them enough. This is our way of saying thank you to them for their patience and kindness.”

After the demolition crew finished, the church was rebuilt from the ground up solely by members of the church. Groups of volunteers, consisting of skilled workers and complete novices, gave up their spare time and weekends for over a year to help with the project.

Labourers and tradesmen travelled from all over the country to help with the re-build, and at times there were as many as 200 people on the site helping with its completion.

And according to Graham, the cost of the work, which was around £240,000 and paid for entirely by the congregation, would have been easily trebled if it wasn’t for the kindness and generosity of church members giving up their time and skills.

The Kingdom Hall open day will be held on Saturday between 10am-4pm. For more information, contact 01723 373730.