Working for Wye - past, present and future

'The building is not redundant, we can bring it back to life'

The former Methodist Church in Bridge Street, Wye, stands empty in the centre of Wye

Wye Methodist Church shut its doors in March 2020, when the first Covid lockdown forced all churches to close. Most have reopened, but the Methodist trustees decided instead to cease worship, and auction this Grade 2 listed building to the highest bidder. Then days before the auction last week, they withdrew the lot. For over a hundred years this building acted as a centre of community life in Wye. Cllr Noel Ovenden, Wye ward member and chair of Wye Parish Council said "the building itself is not redundant. Until the pandemic struck us, it was in daily use as a very busy community centre, and with luck and help - we can bring it back to life. We need to keep it in community use, to support clubs and activities and the health and wellbeing of our residents. As a first step, the Parish Council has asked the trustees in Manchester to meet and discuss options." The building opened in 1869 and the congregation celebrated its 150th anniversary in June 2019.

Posted: Sat, 02 Oct 2021 22:45 by Admin

Tags: Cllr Noel Ovenden, Community Centre, Pandemic, Wye Methodist Church