New lease of life for church

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

A BID to save a church which first opened in 1853 has been given the go-ahead by town hall plan­ners.

Westhought­on United Re­formed Church, also known as Bethel, wants to re­fur­bish the build­ing, sell it and lease some of the space for other ac­tiv­i­ties.

The whole build­ing is set to be sold but the cur­rent ground floor would be leased as a wor­ship space.

Plans to re­fur­bish the church and cre­ate more nurs­ery space have now been ap­proved by Bolton coun­cil.

The pro­posed changes in­clude in­stalling new heat­ing, mod­ern light­ing and other new tech­nol­ogy.

The ex­ter­nal fab­ric of the build­ings would be main­tained but changes would in­clude new win­dows and doors. The grave­yard would con­tinue to be main­tained by the church.

Theatre group Bethel Crowd, which has around 50 mem­bers, uses the build­ing twice a week. Daisy Hill pre-school, which has been based at the church since 1974, is open at the site every day through­out the week.

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