ALFRETON: Redevelopment work starts on church

Work has begun on a redevelopment scheme at an Alfreton Church which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The scheme, at Alfreton Wesley Methodist Church in Ellesmere Avenue, will provide a new kitchen and meeting room. A former meeting room is being converted into a fully-equipped enlarged kitchen, with a hatch leading into the church’s worship area. The old kitchen will become a new meeting room. The work is expected to be completed in a month, and in the meantime various events have been cancelled or postponed.

Sunday services will continue as normal, as will the weekly Weight Watchers’ meeting, but there will be no Ladies Fellowship meetings during January. Regular lunches and film shows will also take a break while the work is taking place, as will a fund-raising sale.

On Sunday, February 3, the church will be celebrating its 30th anniversary with special services led by Patrick Maiden of Mansfield (10.45am) and Cliff Broad of Nottingham (6pm).

A celebration evening planned for the previous day will now be held at a later date.

The enlarged kitchen will give a big boost to the church’s catering arrangements. As well as regular Friday and Saturday lunches, the church also caters for visiting coach parties.

Recently an £18,000 scheme was carried out to make the church more suitable for use by disabled people.

The work included toilet improvements, automatic doors, a ramp for wheelchair users and a new sound system.

The church, which opened in Ellesmere Avenue in 1983, replaced an old building which had stood in Alfreton High Street for about 100 years. Before that, the original Wesley church was in Chapel Yard.

A time capsule discovered when the High Street church was demolished has now been reburied on the Ellesmere Avenue site.