Hope is sold

Supporters protest outside the Hope Centre in Thurnscoe. Picture: Holly Allen.
Supporters protest outside the Hope Centre in Thurnscoe. Picture: Holly Allen.

A NEW buyer has been found for the former Hope Centre at Thurnscoe, dashing all hope of its resurrection by former volunteers..

Current owners the Methodist church confirmed to the Times this week that a new sale has been agreed, following the collapse of a deal with property developers Resilienti.

A massive community campaign was launched 18 months ago, when former tenant charity the Hope Centre and its volunteers were kicked out of the old Methodist chapel.

The recent lost sale was seen as a new opportunity by former Hope Centre leader Steve Ellis and campaigners, who were “making headway” with potential backers to try and buy the centre back.

They feel it belongs to villagers as they sponsored bricks for its erection in 1923.

“We have a petition of over 1000 names that we will use if plans for demolition surface”, said Steve Ellis..

He added that campaigners felt that the church’s decision to sell was a financial one.

A spokesman for the Methodist Church would only say that an offer has been made for the building and has been accepted.

He would not confirm the value of the sale or future use of the building that was advertised for sale at £140,000.

He said: “In an ideal world it would be wonderful for the building to continue as a church or a community building.

“But it is consistently vandalised and the best thing is to sell it”.

When asked why special options could not be considered for the community group, he said: “These matters have been explored in the past and explained. We obviously regret it has ended this way and would wish it to be different”.