The church today
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.
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. The stage is the same width as the church and approx 4 meters deep. The velvet curtains and spotlights make any performance a special occasion. There is a sizeable screen available for use with our digital projector or for showing slide shows in our main hall and another fixed screen in our small community room.
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.
History of Hall Lane
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 The 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
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 running a Trappist brewery, producing their own pottery, and running a shop and guesthouse