Work to build a new place of worship for Jehovah’s Witnesses is nearly complete.

The new Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses will be situated on the corner of the road linking the A596 to Station Hill, Wigton.

A mammoth effort from Jehovah’s Witnesses both locally and from further afield has meant it has been constructed in just under six months.

Tarrant Harbour, site manager, is a full-time volunteer and has worked on many projects like this. He said: It’s really satisfying and it’s an expression of their faith for the Jehovah’s Witnesses to come and help.

“We have a database where all Jehovah’s Witnesses can sign up to volunteer, they add in their skills and rate themselves. At the moment there are about 20,000 on that database.”

All worshippers have a different skill set that they have been able to apply to the construction work meaning the site incurred no labour costs.

David Tyson is a Jehovah’s Witness and has been helping on site since work started in September.

He said: “We’ve had a few hundred people on site helping out, all are Jehovah’s Witnesses and all are volunteers. They’re from all round with different skill sets.

“The only things we’ve had to pay for is the materials, the laying of the tarmac for the car park and the field itself.”

The new site will replace the current place of workship in Reed’s Lane that has been used for more than 30 years.

Locally, there are roughly 60 Jehovah’s Witnesses in the area and the new hall has been designed by their own architects according to the amount of worshippers it will need to accommodate.

Inside the new hall will be a main room which will be used for public meetings and worshipping, attached to this is an overflow room for the larger meetings. The hall will hold over 100 people once finished.

Mr Tyson has been helping to fit the sound systems and TVs that will play videos. He said: “It’s modern, comfortable and a nice listening environment.”

The community has rallied together to get the hall finished in a short space of time. Jehovah’s Witnesses from outside the area have been staying with locals. Mr Tyson currently has three volunteers staying with him.

The first planned meeting in the new Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses is March 3.