Work completed at Methodist Centre in Bingham
8:00am Thu Apr 07, 2016
 
Site manager Mr Andy Pulfrey hands over the keys to the Methodist church to the Rev Richard Tanner, watched by, from left, church treasurer Mr Peter Broekhuizen, Jane Willars of AJA, and project team members Mr Brian Mellors and Mr Ron Maxwell.
Site manager Mr Andy Pulfrey hands over the keys to the Methodist church to the Rev Richard Tanner, watched by, from left, church treasurer Mr Peter Broekhuizen, Jane Willars of AJA, and project team members Mr Brian Mellors and Mr Ron Maxwell.
Work at the new Methodist Centre in Bingham was formally completed with an official handover of the keys.
Mr Andy Pulfrey, of A&S Enterprises, handed the keys to Bingham’s Methodist minister, the Rev Richard Tanner, on Friday.

It marked the culmination of 16 years of planning, fundraising and hard work to make the dream of new premises a reality for Bingham Methodist Church.

The building is the only new-build Methodist church to be opened this year and will provide modern worship space as well as a large hall, three community meeting rooms, two retail units and rentable office space.

The centre will host an open day on Saturday, from 10am to 3pm, giving people a chance to see the new facilities.

The highest-ranking Methodist in Britain, the Rev Steve Wild, will attend a celebration service on Sunday, open only to invited guests.

People who could potentially use the community hall can visit the centre on Monday from 7pm to 9pm.

The Methodist Church hosted its first services on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. They were held in the community space because the worship space was not ready.

Rev Tanner said: “Everybody was very impressed and they had the opportunity to see the new worship space through the glass.

“We feel really excited about it.

“You see the plans but unless you are an architect you cannot visualise what it is will look like.”

Project architect Jane Willars, of Allan Joyce, said they worked hard to make sure it fitted in with the conservation area.

“It is a contemporary building so the challenge is finding something that sits comfortably within the area,” she said.

“It’s a new building trying not to be something it’s not.”


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