Community hub plan for church

A church which faces closure later this year is encouraging villagers to show their support and help save the building for community use.

Lumbutts Methodist Chapel, in Lumbutts village above Todmorden, will host its final act of worship on December 15 after serving the community since 1837.

Rev Christine Perry, new Methodist minister with responsibility for Lumbutts, Todmorden, Heptonstall, Blackshaw Head, Luddenden Foot and Mount Tabor

Rev Christine Perry, new Methodist minister with responsibility for Lumbutts, Todmorden, Heptonstall, Blackshaw Head, Luddenden Foot and Mount Tabor

But parishioners are looking to save the building and turn it into a community hub.

Rev Christine Perry, who has taken over as new minister at the chapel this month, said: “Where we are here, there’s so much potential but we need the community to take responsibility for it.

“If you don’t want to meet in the pub, this is the only community space in the village.

“At the moment we are exploring possibilities.”

Proposals being considered include a meeting place for the numerous cyclists, walkers and horse riders who pass through the village.

Parishioners are inviting people to become Friends of Lumbutts Chapel by offering their time and making a donation towards running costs.

Anybody who would like to get involved is asked to email Christine at revcperry@ntlworld.com.