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Plans to reopen old Hadleigh Church
4:00pm Saturday 2nd November 2013 in Local News
A HADLEIGH church which closed more than ten years ago could be reopened to the community.
Parishioners are hoping to breathe new life into the old Hadleigh Elim Church, in Oak Road South, Hadleigh, by bringing it back into being used as a place of worship.
Plans are also in the pipeline for the Pentecostal church to be a hub for local community services, such as toddler and baby sessions, hot meals and youth services, should it be reopened.
Members are now appealing for interested residents to come forward so they can gauge whether or not there would be a demand for its return.
Liz Purkiss, of Willow Walk, Hadleigh, who is a deacon at the Leigh Elim Church, said: “I think there is a real need for this in the area. There is not a Pentecostal church of worship in the area at the moment, so it will give people more choice.
“Not only that, but as a church, we are very communityminded.
So we hope to run services that will be beneficial to both older and young people in the community.
“We feel this is really important, particularly in this day and age when there is not a lot of money out there and people still need help.”
The old building, which dates back to 1926, has fallen into disrepair in recent years due to standing empty for so long.
If it reopens, the congregation will apply to the head office of the Elim church for grants to carry out improvements to the church and ensure the heating and plumbing systems are up to scratch.
It is hoped the church would be reopened by early next year.
For more information, contact Liz on 07979 425361.
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