Emotional day for all at historic village church

Last service at Lumbutts Methodist Chapel, with baptism of Freddie Theodore Fearon, seven months.'From the left, mum Rebecca Dance, dad Danny Fearon with Freddie Theodore Fearon and reverend Alistair Newton.
Last service at Lumbutts Methodist Chapel, with baptism of Freddie Theodore Fearon, seven months.'From the left, mum Rebecca Dance, dad Danny Fearon with Freddie Theodore Fearon and reverend Alistair Newton.

Many people gathered at a village church to mark the end of an era - and celebrate a family’s new arrival.

People of all ages sang carols by candleight during a special service to mark the final act of worship at Lumbutts Methodist Chapel, in Lumbutts village above Todmorden.

But it was also a time to celebrate new life as the service incorporated the baptism of seven-month-old Freddie Theodore Fearon.

Freddie’s mum, Rebecca Dance, said: “It was really nice, happy and sad at the same time that the church will not be carrying on.

“It was a nice way to bow out.”

It was an emotional day for members of the church, which has a long history in the village.

Church warden Leslie Webster said: “It’s the end of an era but discussions are ongoing to see what we can do for the future.

“We have just got to do what’s best for the building and for the area.”

Rebecca and her fiance Daniel Fearon, who live at Well Street, Todmorden, are looking forward to their first Christmas with their son Freddie.

They are also planning their wedding next July.