‘Our church isn’t set to be closed’

St Saviour's Church warden George Robinson looking at the roof where lead was stolen. Picture By FRANK REID

St Saviour's Church warden George Robinson looking at the roof where lead was stolen. Picture By FRANK REID

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CHURCH bosses have moved to quash internet rumours that their building is closing unless they can find money to maintain it.

Posts appeared on Facebook stating that St Saviour’s Church, in Shotton Colliery, was closing unless essential maintenance was carried out.

They urged locals to attend a meeting to arrange fundraising for the church, in Grange Terrace, warning: “It’s up to the people of Shotton to maintain our heritage”.

But church warden George Robinson told the Mail: “We can’t just hold meetings like that, the church is not closing, we have just put into the faculty for a bill of £34,000.

“If the church was closing, we wouldn’t be able to go ahead with that because the Diocesan Advisory Committee wouldn’t pass it. There is no danger of the church closing.”

The Mail has reported how the community has rallied round to raise thousands of pounds for masonry work for the exterior of the 159-year-old church. Mr Robinson said: “You couldn’t fault the people of Shotton for their generosity.”

Fellow warden Colin Peters took to Facebook in a bid to clarify the situation, saying the exterior of the church has had extensive work carried out and now the focus is the interior.

“This is a work in progress which will bring St Saviour’s to the standard of any building in the 21st Century,” he wrote.

Facebook posters are now promoting fundraisers to help the next stage. A ‘Welcome Back’ service will be held at 6pm on Sunday, October 20, where the public can view renovation plans.