Final service to remember Stanley St Peter’s Church before demolition

Stanley St Peters Church.
Stanley St Peters Church.

A community will say goodbye to its village church with a commemoration service on Sunday.

The outdoor service will be held the day before demolition work starts at Stanley St Peter’s Church, which has been empty for around 11 years.

The service will be led by Rev Bill Henderson, who has invited people to share memories of the building at the church centre on Lake Lock Road from 3pm.

Rev Henderson said: “The commemoration service is about saying goodbye to our old building and remembering this site will always be a sacred space at the heart of our community.

“I invite everyone to come and share their memories with us on that day, as we give thanks for all that we have had and pray for our future together.”

Refreshments will also be served in the church centre following Sunday’s service.

The derelict church first closed in 2001, when it needed around £1m of maintenance work to make the building safe.

Wakefield Diocese tried to find a new use for the Grade II-listed building, but a deal with a prospective developer fell through and a decision was taken to demolish the building following a public consultation last year.

Plans to preserve the site as a lasting legacy to the church include landscaping works, new seating and a new home for the church war memorial.

Church bosses said a temporary access road would be built from Aberford Road to assist with the demolition, which will start on Monday.

Protective covers will also be in place over graves nearest to the building when the church is knocked down.