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Church group reforms to help raise funds for site

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 20, 2014

St James Church, Barton under Needwood -  induction of a New Vicar - Rev Andrew Ridley..B: Church Wardens, Geoffrey Annas (Bishop of Stafford), Godfrey Stone (Archdeacon of Stoke)), Michael  Freeman (Rural Dean)

St James Church, Barton under Needwood - induction of a New Vicar - Rev Andrew Ridley..B: Church Wardens, Geoffrey Annas (Bishop of Stafford), Godfrey Stone (Archdeacon of Stoke)), Michael Freeman (Rural Dean)

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A FUND-RAISING group has burst back into life as part of a community effort to help keep an 800-year-old church in use.

The Friends of Tatenhill Church have been pressed back into action to play a role in bringing St Michael and All Angels Church, in Main Street, Tatenhill, up to scratch.

The Friends of Tatenhill Church will work to provide ‘practical and financial help’ to boost church buildings.

This will be done by hosting a variety of fund-raising events during the coming months.

This comes after a decision was made that the 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 (pictured) conveyed the good news about 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.

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