Plans to transform a village church into a community hub are now well underway – but can be taken even further with the help of residents.
Since being awarded £30,000 from the Big Lottery Fund in 2012, the Laneshaw Bridge Community Enterprise Committee has been working with the Methodist church to utilise the building and enhance community spirit.
A number of projects, groups, classes and activities have been launched, including a photography class, a youth group and a craft group.
But project manager Laura McAfee is urging more people to get involved to help reinvigorate the village further. She has shared a number of ideas, including starting a fitness class and a parent and toddler group at the Keighley Road site.
She said: “It really would mean a lot to the committee for more people to get involved.
“Sometimes it can be hard for people who are busy, or who have other things going on.
“But even if they cannot particularly commit to being on a committee, or running a club, they can support us in other ways, for example by delivering leaflets.”
As well as providing village services, LBCE also aim to support existing businesses in the village.
Proposals for the future include creating a farmers’ market, opening allotments and creating other facilities, such as a post office outreach service and a tea room.
Laura added: “The project has been really positive for the community.
“The village has lost quite a lot of services over the years, and with the financial times we are in the church is struggling as well. The idea was to work in partnership with the church, to support the building, and combine services and facilities.”
Anybody interested in setting up a group should email email@example.com or ring Laura on 07873301652.
Alternatively visit www.lbce.org.uk