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Hopes raised over future of village church

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 11, 2014

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HOPES for the future of an 800-year-old church have been raised ahead of a vital meeting on its future.

Several people have come forward and expressed an interest in helping to keep St Michael and All Angels Church, in Main Street, Tatenhill, running after it was previously reported that the site of worship was under threat as a result of financial issues.

Now, a meeting will be held later this month to discuss how people can help at the church and ‘hopefully’ keep it open for parishioners.

Reverend Andrew Ridley said: “A number of questions regarding the responsibilities and make up of a parochial church council if the church was to change to something known as a Chapel of Ease have arisen.

“A meeting on this subject is set to be held at the church on Sunday, April 27.

“The situation is that Tatenhill Parish is not in the position to contribute financially to the cost of stipendiary ministry in Lichfield Diocese, which is an obligation every parish needs to fulfil to continue being a parish.

“A less onerous option would be for the church to become a ‘Chapel of Ease’.

“The residents of Tatenhill, through a church committee, would continue to be responsible for all the costs of maintaining, insuring and heating the building and continuing to be an active Christian community.”

Concerns were raised over the future of the church after it was revealed that the average size of the congregation was only 15.

Anyone who would like to get involved is urged to call Rev Ridley on 01283 712359 or email arceridley@btinternet.com

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