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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by Jacqueline Chambers

2nd September 2013, at 20:38:42

C of E are one of the largest land owners in the UK (I think), you'd think they'd have enough money to sort it out, but as usual rattle the tin at the less well off. Like the brown site idea.

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by Russell Palin

2nd September 2013, at 10:27:03

I hope it won't become a night club.
I also hope it will not be used by religion again, as that subject is troublesome and tiresome and boring zzzzzzzzzz

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by Mike Crowe

2nd September 2013, at 08:15:44

Not being used? Brown Site for rebuilding. Homes are wanted, who will object to a large block of flats going there so LOTS of people have a roof over their head?

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by Mr Elliott

1st September 2013, at 23:52:43

Church of England invest more money into oil than their churches.

"Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Jesus Christ, Gospel of Matthew)

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by Russell Palin

1st September 2013, at 20:24:11

Very sad. But times change I suppose.
This is the church with a bomb damaged tower from the second world war I think. I believe the damage is structural and expensive to deal with.
If it is not listed the structure will be demolished if it becomes unsafe I presume.
I think the large German bomb landed across the road at the school entrance which is now covered with a new building.

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