Rector's joy over new access ramp and screens for Beaumont Chapel

Rector Richard Steel thanks ex-members for contribution as well as Kirklees

Pamela Senior in wheelchair with members of her church, now able to use ramp at church.

Rector of Kirkheaton the Rev Richard Steel has told how the church has dedicated its new path and access ramp and glass and wood screens for Beaumont Chapel.

They have both been funded by legacies from two former church members.

Richard Senior was the former Tower Captain at Kirkheaton Church and had been ringing the bells since he left the choir in his teens. Marguerita Deeks was also a long term church member, and a former missionary to Uganda.

On August 3 Kirkheaton church dedicated their newly levelled path and wheelchair access ramp. As well as legacies from ex-church members, they were purchased thanks to a grant from Kirklees Council.

Richard said: “We now have a wonderful smooth path from both the Beaumont Arms entrance and ‘Dead Man’s Gate’. We’re really delighted with it and it has already been much remarked upon.

“After many years trying to resolve this issue with Kirklees it is wonderful that the generosity of two former church members has enabled us to achieve it.

“Both families were delighted with the suggestion that we should use their legacies in this way, to enable people of all ages and abilities, especially those in wheelchairs or with pushchairs, to be able to come to church more easily.”

Richard Senior was the former Tower Captain at Kirkheaton Church and had been ringing the bells since he left the choir in his teens. Marguerita Deeks was also a long term church member, and a former missionary to Uganda.

Mrs Pauline Senior was pleased to be able to join the church for the dedication, and her son, Russell said: “It’s so much easier to bring my mother to church now.”

 
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