A church porch built following £25,000 of fundraising has been unveilled.
At the beginning of the year members of Lindley Methodist Church set about raising the sum.
They wanted to build a new porch extension on the church centre building.
The centre, located adjacent to the chuch, acts as a community hall for the Lindley area.
The replaced entrance was officially opened following a special celebration service held at the church.
The church centre is used by many groups including the Scouts and Guides, choirs, after school clubs, luncheon clubs and an Alzheimer’s Carers Group.
It has a weekly footfall of over 1,000 people.
The old porch, thought to have been built in the 1960s, had served its purpose but had been damaged beyond reasonable repair.
The church received planning permission and listed building consent to replace the flat roofed timber design with a grander construction.
The building work more than doubled the size of the existing area, adding to the church’s security and improving disabled access.
To raise funds for the porch a variety of fundraisers were organised, including a Buy a Brick campaign, a musical film night and an auction of promises.
Church member Raymond Butterworth said: “With heaps of goodwill, generous donations and Gift Aid, together with grants from local charities and foundations, the target has been reached in less than nine months.
“This has meant the building programme could be carried out mostly through the holiday period when the church centre was not so much in use.”
Work on the porch is now almost complete and it is now open for business.
To celebrate there was a special Sunday service led by minister Sally Spencer to which groups who use the building were invited.
The porch was then opened by long-time church member Margaret Riding.
Margaret lived adjacent to the site of the porch as a young girl in Chapel House, which has since been demolished.
Mr Butterworth added: “The celebration not only marked the opening of the new porch, but also the sense of community and goodwill so relevant in today’s busy lives.”
The new porch is built of natural stone walls with toughened glazing, to allow plenty of natural light in.
It also offers parents a much-needed area to wait for their children in.
Any groups looking for a regular meeting place should contact the church centre manager on 01484 654535 or email email@example.com.