Church makes bid to entertain

NAWN 1309301AM Wetherby St James Church heating fund raising  committee Katie Fraser-Smith, Audrey Spivey, Rev. Brendan Giblin, Vall Lumsden, and Barbara Leighton. (1309301AM)
NAWN 1309301AM Wetherby St James Church heating fund raising committee Katie Fraser-Smith, Audrey Spivey, Rev. Brendan Giblin, Vall Lumsden, and Barbara Leighton. (1309301AM)
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Just weeks after installing a new heating system church leaders are turning up the heat in a bid to get more people through the doors.

The Church for All Seasons Appeal Committee, which was formed to raise £150,000 to provide new heating and decoration for Wetherby’s St James, is aiming to get the building used as an entertainment venue.

A spokesman said: “This is a great facility with no pillars and fabulous acoustics.

“You can hear a pin drop at the far end if the church is empty and your hearing’s good, but it also possesses a modern state-of-the–art audio visual system.”

He added that improvements had been made to the stage at the 300 seater venue and underfloor heating will be put down the central aisle when cash becomes available.

The church has recently played host to the Maasai Warriors Osiligi troop and Leeds Symphony Orchestra, proving its attraction for big companies.

“The vicar and churchwardens want to see widespread use of the church for all sorts of events, with all townsfolk coming through the doors because it is their church too,” added the spokesman.

“Too long it’s been considered just a place for holy folk – it’s for all – Sunday’s included.”

This weekend the British Legion will fill the church for a special Remembrance Day Service on the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War I.

People are being asked to email plantma@btinternet.com with photos of their relations who served in the war, including those who survived, for a special plaque to be put up inside the church.