Village fears for church

sp93346 St Bartholomews Church, Old Whittington.
sp93346 St Bartholomews Church, Old Whittington.

A CHURCH that has been at the centre of a community for nearly 1,000 years could be forced to close, unless money can be found to pay for urgent repairs.

Around £40,000 is needed to fix a leaking roof at St Bartholomews Church in Old Whittington, a Grade II listed building that was first recorded in the Doomsday Book.

The Parish Priest, Julia Babb said: “If the repairs aren’t carried out the structure of the building will be damaged and the church could be threatened with closure in the future.

“If we act now we can preserve the church for future generations as previous generations have preserved it for us as part of our community”.

Members of the community have rallied in support of the church, and have raised £6,000 in the past few weeks alone.

Simon Kendrick, chairman of the Old Whittington Gala, said: “The church has been around since 1100 AD, and the community has centred around it.

“If it closed it would rip the heart out of the community.”

l A public meeting on the future of the church will be held at Swanwick Hall, High Street, Old Whittington, at 6.30pm on Friday November 25.

By Ellie Hunter