Haxby and Wiggington Methodist Church

The villages of Haxby and Wigginton were at one time, separate. However, over the years, housing development across the two villages has seen them merge to become one small and welcoming community.

Building for the future

Amount awarded: £50,000
 
Built in 1879, Haxby & Wigginton Methodist Church caters to the needs of all different types of people and ages. A wide range of groups use the Church, and the church wanted to ensure they could cater for community activities, as well as making it a more welcoming place for the whole community.
 
From a Monday morning pre-school accommodating over 100 children to Thursday lunches for older people within the community, the Church sees over 30,000 people relying on the use of their premises every year. To continue to sufficiently welcome and be able to cater for this range of people, the Church recognised the need to create a new and welcoming hub to give easy access to everyone. Rosemary Cox, Fundraising Team Leader said, “Narrow corridors and numerous doors hampered the flow of people through the rooms at the back and a good-sized meeting room also served as a corridor. There were insufficient meeting rooms for all our activities. We wanted a building fully accessible to all throughout.”

Opening new doors

An architect was employed to draw up plans, and after a year of consultation and reflection amongst the Church and its community, the Church successfully applied for City of York planning permission.
 
Agreements were made to build a new front porch and side entrance to enable easy access for wheelchair users, along with improved access across both the ground and first floor.
 
Two brand new rooms were built on the first floor to accommodate medium and small groups, with some larger rooms on the ground floor to accommodate large and medium groups. During the week, the coffee shop is a popular meeting place, so improving the drinks making facilities was also an important part of the renovation project, enabling the church to welcome those who could otherwise be isolated and lonely.
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