From church to Cafe 139 . . .

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After 33 years as Brighouse Evangelical Church the premises has been transformed into a cafe.

The cafe known as Cafe 139 opened its doors for the first time on Monday after it was agreed the premises in Bradford Road opposite Brighouse swimming pool and fitness centre could be better used.

Irene Naylor who attends the church and is now cafe manager said they had outgrown the space and moved to Brighouse Civic Hall although the children’s clubs still operated from the church premises. “We open to the public during the day and then when the doors are closed we will use it for church activities and events,” she said.

Irene is chair of the steering group responsible for taking forward any new ideas for the building for the past two years. “The cafe is really something we have got excited about and something we wanted to be involved in.

“A year ago we had a bad winter and there was a lot of burst water pipes at the church which resulted in quite a bit of damage. It ended up being an insurance claim and we worked with the insurance company to design the cafe from the plans we already had drawn up.

“We then had a gift day and raised a further £30,000 which helped us to finish it. We have hired plumbers, electricians and builders to do most of the work then the rest has been working parties and other people who have given up their time to help during the week.”

Friends and family of church members have already visited the cafe as part of a trial and they have received some positive feedback. They are now hoping that people from the area will visit.

“I feel privileged to be involved in it because I was one of the first people involved in the purchase of the building 33 years ago and I think it is an exciting development,” said Irene.

The cafe will be open Monday, Tuesday and Friday between 10am and 3pm, Thursday 10am until 6pm, and Saturday between 10am and 2pm.