BA Church Status - Brampton Abbotts and Foy


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Brampton Abbotts Church building status
(as at February 2012).

On the 1 st February 2012 The Diocese of Hereford, the Church commissioners and the Church Conservation Trust invited the parishioners to a meeting at the Village Hall to discuss the future of Brampton Abbotts Church. It was well attended not only by parishioners but former parishioners and others from interested persons from outside the Parish.  Previously we were told that there were two options, either demolition or used as an attractive ruin. It was with great relief and surprise that those are not the only two choices and the feeling was that approached the right way, it could be used as a community space and building.  The message received was that restoration funding for our Grade 11* listed building was not impossible with grants, and continual maintenance fees were not impossible to meet either. It is clear that we have a very important building that needs preserving.

Details of those attending were taken and it was proposed to email them to see if there was a movement to move this project forward.

 

THE FUTURE OF

ST MICHAEL'S CHURCH

BRAMPTON ABBOTTS

WEDNESDAY 1 FEBRUARY

6.30PM

BRAMPTON ABBOTTS VILLAGE HALL

Advise your thoughts on what should happen to the church

Opportunity to meet representatives from:

Diocese of Hereford

Church Commissioners

Churches Conservation Trust

 

(From Reverend Ann Knight)

In September 2008 Brampton Abbotts Church building was temporarily closed for public worship as the roof had become unsafe. It is a Grade 2 listed building.

Parishioners now worship with other churches within the benefice (Bridstow, Peterstow, Foy, How Caple, Sollershope). Baptisms, weddings and funerals for Brampton Abbotts people are also conducted at those churches.

At the time of writing the building is awaiting formal notification of permanent closure for public worship.

The future of the building is currently being investigated by the Churches Conservation Trust and their report is due around the end of March. The church authorities will then look at options for the future: either a suitable alternative use or preservation by the Churches Conservation Trust (or a similar charity) or to become a controlled ruin.

The churchyard will remain open for visitors and burials for the foreseeable future. It is currently being maintained by the Parochial Church Council with financial help from the Parish Council and volunteer work from the Probation Service.

(More information about what happens when a Church Building closes can be found on the Church of England website www.churchofengland.org)

 

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