A CHURCH is celebrating its 25th birthday.

Elmwood Avenue United Reformed Church in Padgate marked the quarter of a century milestone in its current home last month.

The church can trace its history back 150 years to 1872, when it was established by the owners of the Cockhedge Mill.

School rooms were constructed on the current site followed by a church, a complex which was demolished in order to create the present purpose-built chapel in 1997.

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Member Julie Holt said: "Many people in Warrington have some sort of connection to the church through the years.

"We will also be looking forward to how we might make a difference in the community moving forward."

The anniversary was marked with a special afternoon tea for the church community, while volunteers are also collating a timeline documenting its history.