Harrogate’s Wesley Chapel has a new look and a new name

The Wesley Chapel in Harrogate. (S)
The Wesley Chapel in Harrogate. (S)
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Following a £250,000 refurbishment, the Wesley Centre on Oxford Street is all set to reopen later this month.

The centre, previously just called the Wesley Chapel, will reopen its doors on September 27.

The extensive refurbishment project, managed by the Nidd Valley Methodist Circuit, has seen new double-glazing, furniture, and updated kitchen facilities for the grade two listed building, and pews from the building’s upper hall were replaced by moveable seats.

Chairman of the Wesley Centre project Tim Hurren said: “We believe we have created a wonderful new space at the heart of Harrogate.

“It is now suitable for conferences, exhibitions, meetings, and concerts, and we would encourage everyone to come inside and discuss how we can work with them to meet their needs.

“We are extremely grateful to the many organisations whose generosity and interest have helped turn this vision into a reality.”

Organisers have said that, while its name may have changed, the centre’s role remains largely the same and it will continue the Christian outreach and service that has been carried out for 200 years.

Open celebrations, from 10am on September 27, will include a piano recital from students and staff at Chetham’s School of Music, as well as tours of the new facilities.

Wesley Centre team leader, Deacon David Hunt said: “We are looking forward very much to continuing the long tradition of serving the town which stretches back over 150 years.”