Parish Future Group
Summer of 2019 – Meeting with members from the Diocese to discuss the future of the Parish buildings. Between July and December, a survey of the Hermitage was undertaken and then a meeting with Fr Peter was set up.
On December 20 th a letter from the Archbishop to our parish informed us that the Diocese were planning on selling the whole of the site to include the Hermitage, stable block and the Church.
The cost of repair to the Hermitage was beyond the Diocese and Parish funds. The Area Bishop is moving to Canterbury and therefore the Bishop side of the house is not required. The cost would be over a Million to get it into a good state of repair.
Members within the Parish set up a petition page where we had over 2,000 hits. We held a Parish meeting on 16 th January 2020 when Parishioners were given time to vent their anger and frustration, that no one from the Diocese had come down and discussed the sale with us. After all the media support the Diocese did put out a press release to say that they were willing to discuss how we could keep the Church and all that was needed to keep our parish together.
It was decided that we would set up a group to organise the Future of the Parish as requested by the Parish Meeting on the 16 th January.
The group met on Friday 24 th January to prepare a letter to the Archbishop. Future meetings and points of interest will be published in the Newsletter.