Full house for church’s fi­nal ser­vice

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

EV­ERY seat was full for the fi­nal ser­vice at South Willes­bor­ough Methodist Church in Cud­worth Road on Sun­day. Opened in 1888, it used to boast the largest Sun­day school in Kent with 200 chil­dren, but over the years the con­gre­ga­tion has dwin­dled un­til only a hand­ful of worshippers at­tended reg­u­larly, forc­ing its clo­sure. The last ser­vice – to a con­gre­ga­tion with sev­eral for­mer mem­bers from as far as Devon and Ox­ford – was led by Su­per­in­ten­dent Min­is­ter the Rev Richard Gro­cott and Dea­con Phyl­lis King, Among those at­tend­ing was church stew­ard Elsie Wood, 84, who has been a reg­u­lar at ser­vices in the church for 78 years.

Dea­con Phyl­lis King with long-serv­ing mem­ber of the con­gre­ga­tion Elsie Wood at the last ser­vice in South Willes­bor­ough on Sun­day

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