Bolton church 'to become conference venue'

A Lancashire church is to undergo a £400,000 makeover to turn it into a conference centre, it is reported.

Kearsley Mount Methodist Church's former Sunday school building will be sold to provide the main funding for the transformation, with work beginning later this month, the Bolton News reports.

Pews will be removed and a large multi-purpose area created within the main building, although the church will still be used for worship.

"In the future we hope that, as well as usual community activities, businesses will use it for conferences and large meetings," Stephen Tonge, of the church's council, tells the newspaper.

He says that the project aims to bring Bolton venues to the south of the city, as the main facilities for conferences are currently in the north and town centre, such as the Reebok stadium and Last Drop Village.

Last week, the York Press reported that the city's Marriott Hotel is to get a £500,000 refurbishment during a three-month scheme to transform the entire ground floor of the venue.

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