Huntingdon Methodist church is an unassuming building at Bridge end of the High Street. Since 1878 there has been a Methodist congregation worshipping on this site and 8 years or so ago in 2012, the church felt that the building was no longer fit for their modern aims of reaching out to the Huntingdon community.
Their dream was to repair and enlarge the building adding a large extension to include a new entrance area, lobby, multi-purpose open space with a bigger kitchen, toilets and meeting room. An ambitious dream for a small congregation. It was estimated that all this would cost in the region of £500,000, what an enormous target but was it just a pipe dream?
Church members set about a programme of fundraising and the newly appointed Project Steering Group began to look to finding additional funding from charities and Trusts who were in agreement with their aims of creating a Community Hub.
The project is presently in Phase 3 with members having raised £100,000 and the remainder coming from other sources. The buiding phase began in November 2019 but had to be halted in March when the pandemic lockdown restrictions began. However, good progress had been made with the site cleared, old buildings demolished, the footings and concrete base installed and the steel framework completed. A Co-Vid safe environment was created by June and the work re-started. Much work has been done and it is hoped that the final installation of front elevation of the extension will be completed by the end of October leaving only final parts of the project to be finished.
Huntingdon Methodist church’s dream will only be fully met once the Co-Vid restrictions are lifted and when the building will be able to be used for the community to its full potential.
If you would like to know more about the Community Hub go to www.huntingdonmethodist.org.uk
Source: Huntingdon Methodist church press release October 20.