End of the road for Methodist church

MIDGLEY and Luddenden Valley Methodist Church will close for good on Sunday.

It will mark the end of Methodist worship in the area stretching back over two centuries.

Church secretary Rodney Collinge said: "Anyone previously attached to the church or with some interest will be very welcome at the 10.30am service, which will be the annual Methodist Covenant."

It will also be attended by the congregations of St Mary's Parish Church, Luddenden and Luddenden Foot United Reformed Church.

Mr Collinge said the main reason for the closure decision made last year was the shrinking number of people attending and the high cost of maintaining of the building, as well as three outbreaks of dry rot.

Its closure means there will no longer be a hall in the village large enough to accommodate groups such as the guides and brownies, or children's parties.

Mr Collinge said: " Organisations meeting there have had to re-locate, either to Luddenden Foot Community Centre in the case of the guides and brownies, or to a smaller room at St Mary's Church in Luddenden."

The building is owned by the Calderdale Methodist Circuit and Mr Collinge said it was hoped the contents could be disposed of by the end of March and the building sold.