Sledgehammers at the ready in village church

Ready to demolish the Greetland Methodist Church and build a new building, from the left, church council member Des Hall, project manager and church treasurer Geoff Butler and site manager Rob Chapman.
Ready to demolish the Greetland Methodist Church and build a new building, from the left, church council member Des Hall, project manager and church treasurer Geoff Butler and site manager Rob Chapman.

Building works on a new Greetland church have finally started to get underway.

Cross Hills Methodist Church will become a new place of worship for the village, having been formed from the coming together of the two churches at Greetland and Lindwell.

After much discussion during the ten years that the two churches were together, the decision was made to create a new church building on the Greetland site, involving the closing of the two existing churches ceasing worship in July.

While the church is without a building at the moment, the facilities of the neighbouring St Thomas’s have provided an alternative place of worship for church goers.

And after undergoing a planning process, work on the new church has begun.

ADH Construction of Horbury has been contracted to do the work which started this week. Work set to be completed involves the demolition of the wooden church building which was built 39 years ago.

Geoff Butler, project manager for the scheme, who is also the church treasurer said: “We hope that the new building will be open for worship next Easter, although this is very dependent on the weather.

“We have many ideas for the future for working with the wider community and we hope that there will be interest in what is taking place.”

Des Hall, a member of the church council said: “The church is looking forward to having the new building so we can develop many of the activities that are already organised.”