Lakesend Methodist Church closes after 100 years

Final service at Lakesend Methodist Church. 'left to right back Jonnie Pope, Blanche Markham, Audrey Moden'left to right front Carol Connor, Linda Thorpe and Betty Smith ANL-150709-083102009

Final service at Lakesend Methodist Church. 'left to right back Jonnie Pope, Blanche Markham, Audrey Moden'left to right front Carol Connor, Linda Thorpe and Betty Smith ANL-150709-083102009

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A Fenland church has closed its doors for the final time after more than 100 years of serving a community.

Lakesend Methodist Church welcomed scores of people along to its final service and harvest festival on Sunday.

The difficult decision to close the church was taken in February due to dwindling congregation numbers and finances.

The church has been an important part of the community, opening in 1914 after villagers spent many years raising the money to pay for the £750 building. Member Audrey Moden said: “We are very small and it is not viable for us to keep going.

“We have five members and have up to seven people who attend.

“It is very sad for me as I have been attending for 72 years.”

When the church first opened in 1914, it was quite vibrant, looking after large families who were working on the nearby farms.

In 1914, there were 84 children recorded attending the Sunday School with 24 teachers.

Mrs Moden said: “They had a chapel which was well used before this building.

“Because of the increasing congregation they decided to build a new one. It was a very important part of the village.”

People from Welney joined the congregation when their church closed.

The final service was taken on Sunday by the Rev Peter Dewdney, which included the harvest festival.

Produce brought by the congregation was donated to the Wisbech Food Bank.

The future of the building has not been decided but it could be put up for sale.