Church History

2009 was the 150th anniversary of The Vale Methodist Church.

Some milestones of The Vale Methodist Church:

  • In 1830 a local preacher, Matthew Guill, missioned Shevington,  Shortly after a Methodist Society was formed and met in the "Old Mill House".  They later moved to the "Old Chapel", which was the upper floor of a joiners shop.
  • 1859: A new chapel was built as a Primitive Methodist Chapel ("Shevington Vale Methodist Church") by the society.  This forms the core of the present building.
  • 1886: The porch was added.
  • approx 1905: A Wesleyan Methodist Church at what is now the Appley Bridge Village Hall was founded.
  • pre-1923: The vestry and kitchen extensions where added.
  • 1923: The organ was installed and dedicated.
  • 1970: The two societies (Wesleyan Methodist and Shevington Vale) merged, using the Primitive Chapel building.  The merged church kept the name "Shevington Vale".
  • 1971: The sports hall extension was added.
  • 1980s: The Church changed its name to "The Vale", to avoid confusion with the new Methodist Church in Shevington.
  • 2009: The 150th anniversary.
  • 2014: Various upgrades to the building to improve and enhance disabled access.  The porch was remodelled internally and opened into the back of the Church.  A new side door and platform removes any steps from the pavement to the Chapel.  New disabled access toilets in both the porch and the Church Hall downstairs.