Vision21 project will make church fit for the 21st century

A MAJOR building project at Broad Street Methodist Church in Spalding is to be launched with an open weekend on September 8 and 9.

The project, entitled Vision21 and intended to make the church building fit for the 21st century, will be officially launched with a Nostalgia Day on Saturday (10.30am to 3.30pm). However, invited businesses, neighbours and local clubs and societies have been invited to a preview afternoon on Friday so that they can take a look at the architect’s plans.

On the Saturday, the church will be open as part of the Heritage Open Day in Lincolnshire and so that church members and other guests can look at the memorabilia that has been submitted by past and present members, such as photographs and other reminders of Broad Street’s history.

Lu Chappell, a member of the launch and appeals group, said: “We have gathered quite a lot of nostalgia and have photographs of Sunday School, youth club and other things people took part in, and we have several going back to the 1950s.

“It is a weekend to celebrate our past as well as sharing our plans for the future.”

Visitors will also be able to see a display about the church’s most famous organist, Gatty Sellars, as well as information about General William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, who spent a few years at Broad Street.

Refreshments will be available all day and Lu says: “We hope people who have had anything to do with the church will come and reminisce over a cup of tea.”

Celebrations will continue at the 10.30am service on Sunday.