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Close call for church extension

Thursday, 24th May 2001.

A FEW prayers had to be said before a 90,000 extension to a church in Haverhill could be opened this week.
Work on the Methodist Church in Camps Road had started six months ago but was not completed until three days before the official opening date.
The church's minister, Rev Charles Crane, said: "The building work was finished four weeks ago but we've been waiting on the carpets. They were finally done this week. We were beginning to sweat a bit. We had to have one extra long prayer meeting."
The 60m by 10m extension, which has linked the church to halls behind, had become necessary because of the number of people and clubs using the church's premises. Its design makes it accessible to the disabled.
The opening ceremony, which was attended by 250-300 people, was performed by the late Rev George Sharman's wife, Jessie Sharman.
Mr Crane said: "Rev Sharman was responsible for the opening of the church 30 years ago, so it was nice for Mrs Sharman to be here to see the work her husband started completed."
He thanked everyone who had generously made donations for the extension.

CAPTION: Cutting the ribbon Jessie Sharman opens the new extension watched by architect Peter Donoghue, property stewards Ray Shanks and David Payne (at the back) Middle: the Rev Penry Hughes and his wife Evelyn, Richard Pound and Peter Maxey (builders) and the Rev Charles Crane, front.

Haverhill Weekly News

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