Question mark on closure date

By Richard Wright

Sunday, September 1, 2013

 

Question mark on closure date

Holy Trinity Church in Ryde.

THE congregation of a doomed Isle of Wight church remains on tenterhooks over when it will close.

In the meantime, a call has gone out to worshippers at Holy Trinity Church, in Dover Street, Ryde, in a last-ditch attempt to save it.

Church commissioners agreed on closure after a consultation exercise.

A Portsmouth Diocese spokesman said: "It is not a question of if Holy Trinity will close but when.

"Unfortunately, we are not yet able to say when that will be because the closure of a church is a complex and time-consuming legal procedure."

Holy Trinity churchwarden, secretary and organist Graham Targett said: "We would urge people to come and use the lovely church and sing in the choir. Then they won’t be able to close it.

"Older members of the congregation who have been coming to Holy Trinity for decades would really appreciate knowing more about the church’s future.

"They feel like they are in limbo with a great loyalty to the church they have always come to and not feeling they can worship elsewhere while Holy Trinity remains open."

• Last week we wrongly reported Holy Trinity had closed. It has a sung eucharist at 9.15am every Sunday, has christenings, weddings and funerals and hosts other social and cultural events.

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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