Methodists’ propose plans for village

Geoff Butler at Greetland Methodist Church, Rochdale Road
Geoff Butler at Greetland Methodist Church, Rochdale Road

A new church could be built in Greetland and another one sold off under plans being proposed by local Methodists.

The project would also bring into use community facilities seven days a week.

The Church Council of Greetland and Lindwell Methodist Church is putting proposals before the Calderdale Methodist Circuit on September 17.

And, an exhibition and consultation exercise takes place at the Greetland church building, Rochdale Road, on September 1 from 10 am to 4 pm.

Church treasurer and project manager Geoff Butler said an earlier £700,000 scheme put forward in 2009 proved unsuitable.

A new, £425,000 development is now on the table which would see the church on Rochdale Road demolished and replaced with a new multi-use church building.

The church at nearby Lindwell will be closed and put on the market with the last worship to take place there timed for July 7, next year.

A series of events are planned over the next year to celebrate its history which started when Primitive Methodist missionaries from Barnsley preached at the nearby well.

That church dates from 1837 and the other is 35 years old.

Currently, worship alternatives between the two churches.

“We are looking at various opportunities for securing funding and also people within the church are also contributing money,” said Mr Butler.

“We want to provide a building which could be used seven days a week and possibly have a drop-in facility for the community to pop in for coffee.

“This is an exciting time for the church here in Greetland, where we are looking to develop further all the work we currently do with the community, which will be facilitated by having better premises.”

Mr Butler said leaflets would be distributed locally promoting the exhibition and consultation when further information will be made available.