Renovation work at historic chapel

The scene outside the historic Blacko Chapel.
The scene outside the historic Blacko Chapel.
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Renovation work is taking place at Blacko’s historic chapel with the new owners keen to encourage more people to attend their regular worship services there.

Blacko Independent Methodists Ebenezer Chapel, which was built in 1867, was up for sale with fears that any new owners may choose to knock down the building and use the land for new homes.

Inside the historic Blacko Chapel.

Inside the historic Blacko Chapel.

However, it has been transformed into a new church – Blacko Evangelical Chapel – when a group of worshippers took over a year ago.

Mr John Kay, managing director of John Key Development Ltd which builds homes, is preacher at the chapel.

He described how the south annex of the chapel had been rebuilt and re-roofed and added: “We have a new kitchen which we hope will open soon for coffee mornings. We have re-painted and decorated it all and we’ve done new windows and doors, too.”

Mr Kay, of Blacko’s Tower Farm, said services are held on Sundays, 10-30 to 11-30am and 6-30 to 7pm. On Wednesdays, 7 to 8pm, there is a prayer meeting and Bible study.

Blacko Primary School stages its plays in the chapel, too.