Hall Lane Methodist Church
Whitwick, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 5PF


We’re celebrating our 50th anniversary during 2017 and have planned lots of events that we’d love you to be part of. 

Take a look at our exciting calendar – there’s something for everyone, from film nights to a railway weekend and coffee mornings to a flower festival.  See our events listing and come and join us, you’ll be very welcome!

We meet together for worship every Sunday morning at 10.30am

About Us

"Hall Lane is a relatively new building at only 50 years old, but inside our modern doors you’ll always find a very warm and traditional welcome. 


As a church we’ve grown up with the community around us which we believe God brought us here to serve."

 
 
 

Hall Lane Methodist Church is situated on the outskirts of the village of Whitwick on the edge of the town of Coalville

The two main market towns in the local area are Ashby de la Zouch and Coalville which both lie at the heart of the flourishing National Forest, an area that embraces ancient buildings, interesting visitor attractions and miles of hidden nature trails. There are also precious reminders of the industrial revolution, lovingly preserved and proudly displayed.  The emerging National Forest is changing the face of this part of the county, providing lots of opportunities for walking, cycling and horse riding.  At the heart of the forest lies the award-winning family visitor attraction Conkers, at Moira.  Rain or shine, there’s lots to do, with indoor and outdoor activities providing fun for all ages.


At Ashby, climb to the top of the tower at Ashby Castle to enjoy the view that inspired Sir Walter Scott’s tournament scene in his famous novel, Ivanhoe.  The town also has good shops including many individual shops situated in narrow passageways off Market Street.  Nearby at Staunton Harold, the Ferrer’s Centre has craft workshops, offering ceramics, paintings and furniture.  Coalville is also a main town in north west Leicestershire. 


Also in the local area, just one mile away from Hall Lane Methodist Church is Mount St. Bernard Abbey.   It was the first Catholic Abbey to be founded in this country after the reformation (1835). 


At Mount St. Bernard Abbey today the monks are involved in the running of a 200 acre dairy farm and the milking of a herd of 90 cows. The monks also produce their own pottery, keep their own bees and run a shop and guesthouse.


Shop and Abbey Church open daily except Sundays 11-12pm and 2.30pm – 5pm.  

 

Hall Lane Methodist Church is a relatively modern building which benefits from good access to anyone who is infirm. There is a small step into the front entrance with a ramp to aid wheelchair users.  The only steps inside the church building lead onto the stage and one step into the sanctuary. 

We have a large car park adjacent to the church building with a dropped kerb to aid wheelchair users.  There is also a large grass area which is used for summer fairs and outdoor services.


There are fully equipped toilet facilities for wheelchair users, a baby changing area and a defibrillator installed.

Our large kitchen has been refurbished and has modern facilities including a dishwasher.  We can cater for up to 45 people when serving hot meals.

There is a sizeable screen available for use with our digital projector or for showing slide shows.Both are mobile and can be used in any of the rooms in the church.We also have a flip chart.


Our stage is the same width as the church and approx 4 meters deep.The velvet curtains and spotlights make any performance a special occasion.

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Hall Lane Methodist Church was built in 1967 to serve new housing that was being built in the area.The building has changed over the years and has been extended and improved to meet the needs of our growing congregation and the work that we feel called to carry out in the name of Jesus.


The original porch was where the disabled toilet is now (the foundation stone can still be seen in there.  The present porch was built on the front corner of the building, where it remains, and the old porch was then used as a vestry before the disabled toilet was installed.


The Community Room (formally named after 'Louie' - Louisa Richardson, a founder member of the church) was then added which has been a great boon and is used constantly. 

The church originally had a flat roof which had always caused problems with rain penetration into the building.  We spent endless money rebuilding the parapet and patching the felt flashings, and eventually bit the bullet and decided to replace the flat roof with a pitched roof.  This has been a great success and altered the appearance of the church completely. 

To provide facilities for visitors with access needs, the vestry was converted to a toilet, a ramp was built to the main entrance and an induction loop and microphones installed in the church itself and the Community Room. 

The most recent changes have been to relocate the kitchen into the original Classroom 1 and the old kitchen is now our current vestry.

During 2011 our ladies, gents and disabled toilets were refurbished bringing them up to date and up to a high standard.

1967 he Church was opened by Mr Albert Bailey Vice President of Conference

1966 Rev Trevor Lockwood

1970 Rev David Clark

1975 Rev Christopher Edwards

1982 Rev William Wathes

1991 Rev Peter Phillips

1995 Rev William Tointon

1996 Rev John Adams

2003 Rev Drummond Gillespie

2006 Deacon Barbara Crockett

 2010 Rev Lynda Coates

 2013 Rev Colin Jackson

 2016 Rev Janet Tanner

 
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