Volunteer army see Blackburn's new Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall rising

CHEERS The army of volunteers salute their great effort

CHEERS The army of volunteers salute their great effort

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Health reporter

A NEW Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall is nearing completion in Blackburn - thanks to the dedication of 300 volunteers from across the North West.

Work started in June on the single storey building in Whalley New Road, and now the main structure is upright and waterproof.

Bill Boule, assistant design co-ordinator, said: “We’ve got the main structure up, and now we’re working on the roof, the plastering, electrics and things like carpet fitting.

“We’re allowed a maximium of 150 people on the site at any one time, but over the course of the build, there’s been about 300 in total.

“A small number of the volunteers are skilled workers such as bricklayers, but most are people who are retired or are giving up their time, who learn a skill as they go along.”

It is normal in the Jehovah’s Witness community for members to come together and build projects together in this way.

The new Kingdom Hall is expected to finish around the first week of September, and will cost a total of £500,000. It has been funded by the sale of the old place of worship on St Peter’s Street in Blackburn and donations from the congregations over the past decade.

Bill added: “We haven’t had a Kingdom Hall in Blackburn for 10 years.

“And when this is finished, it will allow us to create a hub for the two congregations, who have to travel out of town for meetings.

The new hall will reunite the two Blackburn congregations – Breakwater and Roe Lee – which each have around 80 members.

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9:04pm Fri 17 Aug 12

woolywords says...

Explanation..
Before I was born, my Mum worked in the Land Army as a Supervisor, where she was exposed to the many differing beliefs of those within her charge. Her Mother was of a particular sect that made her spit every time a Nun passed by, even into old age.. my Granny used to spit.

My Granny was indoctrinated into the Orange Order way of beliefs by her first husband who died in WW1, then she met my Grandpa, a Norwegian. He had a different take on church but he died and the old ways kicked back within her..
My Mum was stuck in a quandry, where she had to be all things to all men or in this case, women. So she did her best to be a leveller, as in the 1670 sense of the term. Everyone would discuss within themselves thw rights and wrongs of the others, in a 'nice' way..
'If you can't be nice, don't speak..'
Have recently had an email about my posts here, so must do as my Mum bids..
To cut this waffle short, before it turns into a book, I wish that you do as my Mum bids me to do.
Then do something for me..
Explore the books of all of them. take from each just the best bits and then. 'walk in their shoes..'
Explanation.. Before I was born, my Mum worked in the Land Army as a Supervisor, where she was exposed to the many differing beliefs of those within her charge. Her Mother was of a particular sect that made her spit every time a Nun passed by, even into old age.. my Granny used to spit. My Granny was indoctrinated into the Orange Order way of beliefs by her first husband who died in WW1, then she met my Grandpa, a Norwegian. He had a different take on church but he died and the old ways kicked back within her.. My Mum was stuck in a quandry, where she had to be all things to all men or in this case, women. So she did her best to be a leveller, as in the 1670 sense of the term. Everyone would discuss within themselves thw rights and wrongs of the others, in a 'nice' way.. 'If you can't be nice, don't speak..' Have recently had an email about my posts here, so must do as my Mum bids.. To cut this waffle short, before it turns into a book, I wish that you do as my Mum bids me to do. Then do something for me.. Explore the books of all of them. take from each just the best bits and then. 'walk in their shoes..' woolywords
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12:30am Sat 18 Aug 12

Sid James says...

Woolywords you are a one in a million, what a soothing and refreshing thought. You don't have to be religious to put things the way you have. Every individual has a basic right to believe or not, ie to follow a particular religion, even those who do not believe are also excersing their basic right.
This is not about what is right or wrong, as no-one can deny an individual's right to a belief.
The usual comments of "stick a dome on it" is now so boring and negative.
Woolywords you are a one in a million, what a soothing and refreshing thought. You don't have to be religious to put things the way you have. Every individual has a basic right to believe or not, ie to follow a particular religion, even those who do not believe are also excersing their basic right. This is not about what is right or wrong, as no-one can deny an individual's right to a belief. The usual comments of "stick a dome on it" is now so boring and negative. Sid James
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7:31am Sat 18 Aug 12

Pattty98 says...

Kingdom Hall real estate flipping.
Regarding the 'unique' quick build Kingdom Hall construction.

I have been keeping watch for 6 years and the best I can tell gleaning from sifted news reports they SELL a K-Hall for everyone they build at least they seem to be in equilibrium.The trend may even be that they are in a net decrease.
The Watchtower Society has NO shame or qualms about who they sell to either I mean their worst detractors,every kind of church,boy/girl scouts,day care,many funeral parlors,civic orgs.....
Oh and they don't seem to be the 2 day quick builds anymore,they take their time.

( Anecdote-I was a single building contractor so my skills were prized,and their were bros who were eaten up with frigging jealousy because the associated 'prestige' meant I could one up on competing for sisters)
Kingdom Hall real estate flipping. Regarding the 'unique' quick build Kingdom Hall construction. I have been keeping watch for 6 years and the best I can tell gleaning from sifted news reports they SELL a K-Hall for everyone they build at least they seem to be in equilibrium.The trend may even be that they are in a net decrease. The Watchtower Society has NO shame or qualms about who they sell to either I mean their worst detractors,every kind of church,boy/girl scouts,day care,many funeral parlors,civic orgs..... Oh and they don't seem to be the 2 day quick builds anymore,they take their time. ( Anecdote-I was a single building contractor so my skills were prized,and their were bros who were eaten up with frigging jealousy because the associated 'prestige' meant I could one up on competing for sisters) Pattty98
  • Score: -5

7:35am Sat 18 Aug 12

Pattty98 says...

The chief doctrine that Jehovah's Witnesses hail door to door.--Jesus had his second coming October 1914.
Jehovah's Witnesses are the false prophets that Jesus himself warned about.(Matthew 7:15-16).

The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Brooklyn New York is a publishing empire and real estate developer first and foremost.
All church profits should be taxed as commercial gains.
The chief doctrine that Jehovah's Witnesses hail door to door.--Jesus had his second coming October 1914. Jehovah's Witnesses are the false prophets that Jesus himself warned about.(Matthew 7:15-16). The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Brooklyn New York is a publishing empire and real estate developer first and foremost. All church profits should be taxed as commercial gains. Pattty98
  • Score: -4

7:45am Sat 18 Aug 12

Excluded again says...

Freedom of belief and worship means that people should have the right to worship whichever God they choose to - or not worship any God at all.

You may not agree with the beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses. Neither do I. However, they have every right to believe what they believe, every right to worship as they chose and every right to build for themselves a religious building in which to worship.

As long as they do me no actual harm, it's no problem what people choose to believe.
Freedom of belief and worship means that people should have the right to worship whichever God they choose to - or not worship any God at all. You may not agree with the beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses. Neither do I. However, they have every right to believe what they believe, every right to worship as they chose and every right to build for themselves a religious building in which to worship. As long as they do me no actual harm, it's no problem what people choose to believe. Excluded again
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8:03am Sat 18 Aug 12

JWBillW says...

Jehovah's Witnesses were most destructive to our family. It has split it up completely, members not speaking to those who left the religion. They practise 'shunning' of former members.

They treat you as if you were dead and consider you 'spiritually dead'.
The constant disappointment in their predicted 'end of the world' or Armageddon, has led to many disillusioned middle aged and older members.

And their make work projects like building new Kingdom Halls keeps the enthusiasm and interest of the younger members alive.
It's in reality an organizational fellowship that has very little fellow feeling for the individual.

The USA based New York Watchtower corporation is like Scientology only they are bigger and 'Bible based'.
BILLIONS of pounds in tax free assets.
Jehovah's Witnesses were most destructive to our family. It has split it up completely, members not speaking to those who left the religion. They practise 'shunning' of former members. They treat you as if you were dead and consider you 'spiritually dead'. The constant disappointment in their predicted 'end of the world' or Armageddon, has led to many disillusioned middle aged and older members. And their make work projects like building new Kingdom Halls keeps the enthusiasm and interest of the younger members alive. It's in reality an organizational fellowship that has very little fellow feeling for the individual. The USA based New York Watchtower corporation is like Scientology only they are bigger and 'Bible based'. BILLIONS of pounds in tax free assets. JWBillW
  • Score: 0

9:07am Sat 18 Aug 12

mavrick says...

Organised Religion is a force for control of the masses. Their logic is always debatable because it is based on conjecture. The J.W. movement is no different in those terms. Sadly people die for the want of a pint of blood but that is their decision, If they would allow their own children to die in the same way, Then perhaps they need to be viewed in a different light.
Organised Religion is a force for control of the masses. Their logic is always debatable because it is based on conjecture. The J.W. movement is no different in those terms. Sadly people die for the want of a pint of blood but that is their decision, If they would allow their own children to die in the same way, Then perhaps they need to be viewed in a different light. mavrick
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9:25am Sat 18 Aug 12

Chris P Bacon says...

I decided to become a Jehovah's Bystander. I just didn't want to get involved.
I decided to become a Jehovah's Bystander. I just didn't want to get involved. Chris P Bacon
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9:35am Sat 18 Aug 12

billy32 says...

I have lived in Blackburn since i was born, can anyone please tell me where " Breakwater " is. I have heard of Blakewater. Could be worth spending a little time checking place names before pressing enter on the laptop.
I have lived in Blackburn since i was born, can anyone please tell me where " Breakwater " is. I have heard of Blakewater. Could be worth spending a little time checking place names before pressing enter on the laptop. billy32
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12:03pm Sat 18 Aug 12

woolywords says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
I decided to become a Jehovah's Bystander. I just didn't want to get involved.
A bit like the Scouser in the parable of the Good Samaritan..
When asked why he didn't cross the road and do something, he replied, what was the point, I could see that he had been mugged already.
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: I decided to become a Jehovah's Bystander. I just didn't want to get involved.[/p][/quote]A bit like the Scouser in the parable of the Good Samaritan.. When asked why he didn't cross the road and do something, he replied, what was the point, I could see that he had been mugged already. woolywords
  • Score: 1

12:30pm Sat 18 Aug 12

woolywords says...

When my Dad answered the front door bell and saw two smartly dressed men there he launched into a tirade about how is anyone supposed to believe that some dirt poor farmer has a dream and goes to find some solid gold tablets under a tree that have strange writings on them, take them home, have another dream where he learns how to transcribe them into English, then gets the book published and not a little book either and then has another dream that tells him to bury them again, then yet another dream about how he should forget where he buried them. It's funny how you lot have been totally unheard of until they started the draw for people to go and fight and die in Vietnam. Where were you before then, eh?
Get your suits and smart haircuts down my drive before I set my daft dog on you, you draft dodging bunch of ne'er do wells and don't bother sending your mates round here to try and convince me otherwise or they'll get the pointy end on my brogues up their backsides...
After he had slammed the door in their faces my Mum said but they're from Everest, they gave me a card. My Dad said, I don't care where in the World they are from, I'm not wasting my breath on the likes of them.
So whenever the advert came on the TV and Ted Moult said, insist on the best, we all used to laugh at him, the silly old duffer.
When my Dad answered the front door bell and saw two smartly dressed men there he launched into a tirade about how is anyone supposed to believe that some dirt poor farmer has a dream and goes to find some solid gold tablets under a tree that have strange writings on them, take them home, have another dream where he learns how to transcribe them into English, then gets the book published and not a little book either and then has another dream that tells him to bury them again, then yet another dream about how he should forget where he buried them. It's funny how you lot have been totally unheard of until they started the draw for people to go and fight and die in Vietnam. Where were you before then, eh? Get your suits and smart haircuts down my drive before I set my daft dog on you, you draft dodging bunch of ne'er do wells and don't bother sending your mates round here to try and convince me otherwise or they'll get the pointy end on my brogues up their backsides... After he had slammed the door in their faces my Mum said but they're from Everest, they gave me a card. My Dad said, I don't care where in the World they are from, I'm not wasting my breath on the likes of them. So whenever the advert came on the TV and Ted Moult said, insist on the best, we all used to laugh at him, the silly old duffer. woolywords
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6:55pm Sat 18 Aug 12

Chris P Bacon says...

woolywords wrote:
When my Dad answered the front door bell and saw two smartly dressed men there he launched into a tirade about how is anyone supposed to believe that some dirt poor farmer has a dream and goes to find some solid gold tablets under a tree that have strange writings on them, take them home, have another dream where he learns how to transcribe them into English, then gets the book published and not a little book either and then has another dream that tells him to bury them again, then yet another dream about how he should forget where he buried them. It's funny how you lot have been totally unheard of until they started the draw for people to go and fight and die in Vietnam. Where were you before then, eh?
Get your suits and smart haircuts down my drive before I set my daft dog on you, you draft dodging bunch of ne'er do wells and don't bother sending your mates round here to try and convince me otherwise or they'll get the pointy end on my brogues up their backsides...
After he had slammed the door in their faces my Mum said but they're from Everest, they gave me a card. My Dad said, I don't care where in the World they are from, I'm not wasting my breath on the likes of them.
So whenever the advert came on the TV and Ted Moult said, insist on the best, we all used to laugh at him, the silly old duffer.
And he was ranting against the Mormons, not the JWs. What your dad was referring to there is the founding of the Mormon 'religion'.
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: When my Dad answered the front door bell and saw two smartly dressed men there he launched into a tirade about how is anyone supposed to believe that some dirt poor farmer has a dream and goes to find some solid gold tablets under a tree that have strange writings on them, take them home, have another dream where he learns how to transcribe them into English, then gets the book published and not a little book either and then has another dream that tells him to bury them again, then yet another dream about how he should forget where he buried them. It's funny how you lot have been totally unheard of until they started the draw for people to go and fight and die in Vietnam. Where were you before then, eh? Get your suits and smart haircuts down my drive before I set my daft dog on you, you draft dodging bunch of ne'er do wells and don't bother sending your mates round here to try and convince me otherwise or they'll get the pointy end on my brogues up their backsides... After he had slammed the door in their faces my Mum said but they're from Everest, they gave me a card. My Dad said, I don't care where in the World they are from, I'm not wasting my breath on the likes of them. So whenever the advert came on the TV and Ted Moult said, insist on the best, we all used to laugh at him, the silly old duffer.[/p][/quote]And he was ranting against the Mormons, not the JWs. What your dad was referring to there is the founding of the Mormon 'religion'. Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 5

9:22pm Mon 20 Aug 12

norah bhatty says...

As said, each to their own, but I for one do not need Jehovah Witness followers knocking on my door at inconvenient times.

Why the need to knock on doors? If this faith is so good, surely people would be flocking to go, so the fact that they need to knock on doors speaks for itself.

If they do get me to the door, I always ask them why they consider their faith to be better than mine - that usually sees them on their way.
As said, each to their own, but I for one do not need Jehovah Witness followers knocking on my door at inconvenient times. Why the need to knock on doors? If this faith is so good, surely people would be flocking to go, so the fact that they need to knock on doors speaks for itself. If they do get me to the door, I always ask them why they consider their faith to be better than mine - that usually sees them on their way. norah bhatty
  • Score: -3

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