Portsmouth church celebrates its 100th birthday

TEA TIME Alice Davies, left, and Joyce Millson cut the cake at the centenary tea at Copnor Methodist Church.      Picture: Malcolm Wells (112112-9329)
TEA TIME Alice Davies, left, and Joyce Millson cut the cake at the centenary tea at Copnor Methodist Church. Picture: Malcolm Wells (112112-9329)
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CONGREGATION members met to raise a cup of tea to their church to celebrate its 100-year anniversary.

Copnor Methodist Church, on the corner of Epworth Road, held a tea party on Saturday to mark its birthday and later members enjoyed a concert by Portsmouth Methodist Circuit Singers.

The following day the congregation was treated to a service from their former minister of around 10 years ago, Dennis Vernon, and then they went out for a meal.

The church was first built in 1911 out of corrugated steel sheets and was nicknamed the Tin Hut by its members.

In 1933 it was knocked down and the existing church was built in its place.

The longest-serving member of the church, Joyce Millison, 87, of London Road, Copnor, joined the congregation in the Tin Hut 82 years ago and has worshipped with them ever since.

She said: ‘It was quite an occasion, very nice indeed.

‘There were lots of people there that used to go to the church but left because they moved out of Portsmouth and it was really nice to see them all again.

‘It’s great we made it to 100 years, it means a lot to me.’