Historic Padiham church to close

Pendle Street Baptist Church is threatened with closure.
Pendle Street Baptist Church is threatened with closure.

A historic Padiham church is to close its doors for the final time on Sunday.

Pendle Street Baptist Church, which opened in 1840, has made the difficult decision to close due to an ageing congregation.

The Rev. Geoff Hartley, who has been the minister at the church for 12 years, said it would be a sad day for the church.

Rev. Hartley said: “After 173 years, our church family will be closing at Pendle Street.

“The church congregation here really is like a family and over the years we have welcomed worshippers from other local churches that have closed.

“The decision was made in May to close because of a shortage of manpower and finances. We have an elderly congregation and sadly we cannot continue.”

Rev. Hartley explained that during its long history the church joined with one in Burnley Road, Padiham, for around 30 years, but returned to its Pendle Street home in about 1970.

A farewell service will be held tomorrow (Saturday) for Rev. Hartley (67) who is to retire.

He added: “I have had ME for 27 years so I think now is the time for my wife Ruth and I to take a step back.

“However, I live in Reedley so I will be available to help out the church family if needed.”

The final service takes place at 10-30am followed by refreshments.