Church hall revamp makes great strides

Wreyfield Church..Picture Richard Ponter 132503
Wreyfield Church..Picture Richard Ponter 132503

A Scarborough church is undergoing a major building project which is due for completion in September.

Work is moving forward apace at Wreyfield Drive Methodist Church, having started on April 2 this year.

The project is set to create an extension at the front of the church hall, with a new entrance area and cafe.

There will also be a new toilet block with disabled facilities, a new roof on all flat areas, plus a store area and garage to the rear.

Rev Clare Stainsby said the work is on schedule and she is delighted with progress so far.

She said: “Everything is looking good so far and we’ve been quite blessed with the weather.

“There will be some new parts to the building and existing areas will be refurbished.”

The Revd Stainsby explained that the project had been a long time in the making. She explained: “I came here in 2002 and was told we needed to do building work.

“We needed £300,000 and we managed to raise a third of that, with the rest coming from grants.

“We’ve had all sorts of events, including Strawberry Teas, bike rides and coffee mornings.”

She added that the support from the community has been terrific, saying: “At the start it looked like a mountain we’d never be able to climb.

“To achieve this has been so satisfying and we’re very grateful for everything that’s happening.”

The Revd Stainsby thanked those who have provided alternative premises while the building work is going on.

These include Barrowcliff School, which is hosting the youth organisations; St Mark’s Church, where the luncheon club and “Messy Church” are being held; plus Northstead Methodist Church, where worship is taking place.

Members of the church are now hoping that the first service will be held back at Wreyfield on September 1.

The Revd Stainsby said: “The builders should be off site in July, then we’ll have work to do inside.

“It will be a busy summer, but it’ll be worth it. The neighbours have been very tolerant and people walking past have told us how excited they are about the project.”