A VICAR has revealed that an 800-year-old church will remain open until at least the middle of next year after members of the community stepped forward to take a greater role in helping to run it.
Reverend Andrew Ridley conveyed the good news about St Michael and All Angels Church, in Main Street, Tatenhill, after a campaign highlighted in the Mail saw the election of several new members to the parochial church council – thus keeping the site open until at least the middle of 2015.
Rev Ridley revealed his ‘delight’ at the appointments and told the Mail that the group would now have a ‘major part to play’ in the future of the holy site.
He said: “I am pleased to announce that we have elected several members of the community onto the church council.
“We have been working for some time to come up with a group who can help shape the future of the church and after the people who were interested revealed they were satisfied with situation, they have now been elected.
“The parochial church council is the local governing body of our church and they will listen to the community and the congregation in a bid to make the most of St Michael and All Angels Church.
“This is a very positive move and I am glad that I will be able to help this team of people over the coming year.
“It is no secret that the church has had issues in terms of congregation size and other matters, and these changes will hopefully allow us all to make good strides forward.
“We will now all start meeting and working to make decisions concerning the future of the church.”
Several emergency meeting have been held after it was revealed that financial issues could have meant that the church would have to close its doors.
Concerns were also raised over the future of the church after it was revealed that the average size of the congregation was only 15.
Anyone who would still like to get involved is urged to call Rev Ridley on 01283 712359 or email firstname.lastname@example.org