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New Methodist church hall


A popular community facility in central Saltburn has received a £63,000 boost through a new heating system, enlarged kitchen and lowered ceiling. It’s the upstairs hall at the Methodist church hall in


Milton Street, which is used by eight local community groups. They include the Guides, Photographic Society, Zumba dancing and U3A. “Everyone is delighted at the improvements, which have


mostly been paid for through grants from public bodies, charities and supporters,” said the Rev Chris Eddy, Methodist minister. “Two new gas boilers mean that the upstairs hall and other parts of the building are now comfortably warm. In the past rooms were usually cold when you arrived.” Mr Eddy said visitors were particularly impressed at the


new lowered ceiling upstairs with its modern lighting. The kitchen, too, had been enlarged and improved. He said the hall was only used about 35 per cent of the time available and that more bookings were being sought. Property secretary Roger Lobley said two years of


planning had gone into the project. The most important part had been drawing up a business plan. Some £51,000 of the total £63,000 cost had come from


official sources, charities and fund-raising - this is the percentage agreed that was for use by the general community, not only of church members. Grants came from LEADER (an EC-funded scheme),


£27,000; Cleveland and Danby Methodist Circuit, £10,000; Impetus Environmental Trust, £9,190; Garfield Weston Foundation, £3,000; church members and friends, £2,900; Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust, £2,000; Webster Trust, £2,000; The Bernard Sunley Foundation, £1,500; church groups and fund-raising, £957; All Churches Trust, £750; and Saltburn, Marske and New Marske Parish Council, £500. The contractors, who are mostly local, were BMM


Heaters, Phil Taberner, builder and plasterer; Executive Ceilings and Partitions; Dave Gill, electrician; Guisborough Carpet Centre, and B. Hudson, painting and decorating. Tony Lynn, of Saltburn Photographic Society, said


members were very pleased with the renovations. “Visitors are commenting favourably on the improvements, which have certainly added a new dimension to our meetings.” A recent visitor to the church has been the Reverend


Joshua Kathawe, of Meru County, Kenya, whose church has been linked to the Cleveland and Danby Methodist Circuit for the past five years. Members have sent money for a motor- cycle and manse plus paying for an evangelist.


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