Bakewell Bridge

History of Methodism in Bakewell

Expanding and Modernising the Building         

           In the late 1980s, the cost and effort to maintain the ageing building, combined with the difficulties for some of the older members in negotiating the steep steps and the uneven passageway between the Sanctuary and the old Schoolroom, led to a move to consider a major rebuild/refurbishment to bring the premises up to modern standards 'to serve the present age'. Meetings were held and an overwhelming majority of members voted in favour of the scheme which involved pulling down all the buildings to the rear of the Sanctuary, turning round the interior of the Sanctuary  and reconstructing all the ground floor on one level. The use of the front doors was to be discontinued with access then in a new entrance hall between the main hall and the Sanctuary. A chair lift would carry any disabled to the upper floor as inclusion of a lift was found to be to difficult to incorporate. In summer 1991, work commenced with the demolition of the schoolroom. As much as possible of the stone removed was saved for use in the new building.  To allow the work to commence on the Sanctuary, after the Harvest Festival in that year the site was vacated altogether and Sunday morning services were held in the Town Hall as in the reconstruction work done in the previous century. In the evening, members supported the smaller village chapels in the Circuit. In March 1992 the contractors handed over a ‘plastered shell’ and members and friends of the Church then completed the electrics, plumbing, joinery, decorating, concreting etc. The work was completed in 1992 and the building officially opened by Lord Tonypandy on the second of June. All debts on the rebuilding work were cleared within one year. Since then, as well as serving the needs of the Church members has also provided opportunity to allow groups from the Town to meet in modern, well appointed surroundings.

Pictures from the church refurbishment: (click on a small image to see the full size picture)

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