Church celebrates 25k grant

CELEBRATIONS are underway at a Market Weighton church after it received a substantial grant to help refurbish its damaged chapel.

St John’s Methodist Church, in Market Place, has received £25,000 from Waste Recycling Environmental Limited (WREN), which funds projects that are eligible under the Landfill Communities Fund.

The grant is a huge boost for the church, which has been trying to raise £110,000 to repair the Old Chapel, situated next to St John’s, since a fire at the building in 2009.

It also plans to demolish its existing community hall near the church.

Reverend Geoffrey Dougill, of St John’s, said: “We are delighted with what is a very generous grant.

“It’s going towards refurbishing the old chapel at Market Weighton immediately behind St John’s.

“We have been trying to put together a funding package.

“We have also received grants from Pocklington and Market Weighton Methodist Circuit and also from York and Hull District of the Methodist Church, together with grants from various charitable trusts.”

The Old Chapel, which is a grade II listed building, is believed to be one of the oldest methodist chapels in the East Riding, dated from 1794.

It has two floors, which will both be refurbished.

The church also wants to build a new entrance to the chapel, along with new toilets and a small office inside the building.

Before the fire, the chapel had been leased by the church to an upholstery business since 1964.