New church for Banbury congregation

Fairway Methodist Church, Banbury. NNL-160920-114246009

Fairway Methodist Church, Banbury. NNL-160920-114246009

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Members of a Banbury congregation have had their prayers answered after their redundant church was demolished and replaced with a purpose-built building.

The Fairway Methodist Church had stood empty for two years prior to Cherwell District Council taking over the site to deliver 11 new shared ownership homes via its Build! project.

Fairway Methodist Church, Banbury. NNL-160920-114219009

Fairway Methodist Church, Banbury. NNL-160920-114219009

Under the terms of the sale, the land which will accommodate the homes could only be released for development following the demolition of the old church and provision of a replacement building.

Cllr John Donaldson, Cherwell’s lead member for housing, said: “The Build! project is about more than just delivering new houses; it is about building communities and meeting the needs of the people who live there.

“The previous church building, which dated back to 1957, had been left empty for two years forcing the congregation to travel elsewhere for their sermons and services.”

During the demolition of the original church building, contractors discovered a time capsule containing newspapers and articles from the year the church was built - 1957. This was preserved and updated with items from 2016 and buried beneath the new foundations for future generations to discover.

The new Fairway Methodist Church, features a new stained glass window and a selection of multi-coloured bricks; each picked and placed by a member of the congregation.