A WOODTURNING group are seeking a new space to hold their meetings as their current venue is set to close in April.

Hollins Grove Church in Darwen has played host to the Blackburn with Darwen Woodturning group, which has 40 members, for years, and following the announcement in December that the church will close, members are worried they will have nowhere to continue their weekly meetings.

Hamilton McLean who travels from his home in Great Harwood to attend the group said: "We managed to find another premise in Feniscowles but it fell through so we need someone to come forward and help us out.

"We've nine lathes and could do with a space that would allow us to practice and store our equipment so we don't have to keep moving it."

The woodturning club currently meet every Wednesday, and originally they were set to be turfed out of the church hall in January.

However, an extension was granted until April to give them enough time to find somewhere else to practice, and ultimately store their equipment.

Mr McLean said: "Lots of people travel to Darwen for the club and we've got 40 members so it would be a shame if we had to suspend activity.

"We've exhausted all our options and are desperate for someone to help us out."

Darwen Brass Band also practice out of the same space, and it is believed they are still looking for a new premise too.

Darwen town council leader Roy Davies said the council had tried to help them to find a new space, but unfortunately it proved fruitless.

He said: "It's a shame and I hope the group can find somewhere to meet as soon as possible."

If anyone has a space that can also store equipment, they should contact club secretary, Malcolm Brooks on 01254 699474.