Church rebuild set to finish

Ripley Methodist Church
Ripley Methodist Church

Ripley Methodist Church in the town will see its £550,000 rebuilding project completed by Easter.

The final phase at the Wood Street building, which has seen the old church knocked down and a new one built, will be the instalation of a lift, giving disabled access to the first floor.

It comes after many years of fundraising and four years after the rebuilt Methodist church was opened.

Generous donations of £500 each from 
councillors Steve Freeborn and David Williams from the Derbyshire County Council Community Fund, have meant the target for the lift, of almost £20,000 was reached. Pictured , from left, are Elaine Grout (church steward), councillors David Williams and Steve Freeborn, Peter Grout (church treasurer) Chris Wright (church secretary) and Scott Handbury (building fund chairman) .

Fundraising included £27,000 raised through 12 pantomines.