Trimley: Meeting to take place over future of disused church

The Church of St cecilia at Trimley St Mary.

The Church of St cecilia at Trimley St Mary. - Credit: Archant

DISCUSSIONS are to take place over the future of a church which has not been used for the past two years.

The Roman Catholic church of St Cecilia in High Road, Trimley St Mary, was closed to comply with the Diocesan Pastoral Plan.

This aims to reduce the number of Sunday Masses – cutting them to a number in line with Canon Law, merging parishes, reducing the number of venues, and recognising there is a shortage of priests.

The church had a weekly congregation of about 40, a mix of young families, teenagers, middle aged, young retired and the more mature.

Now ideas are to be considered for the future use of the building – or its sale.

The Charity Commission says that if there is no longer any genuine church use for the property it must be assessed for sale or let on the open market.

A meeting is to be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday, April 9 at St Felix Hall, Gainsborough Road, Felixstowe, to consider options and make a recommendation to parish priest Father David Hennessy. The final decision will rest with the Bishop.

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? Ideas can be submitted to or write to Chair of PAC, c/o The Presbytery, Gainsborough Road, Felixstowe, IP11 7HT by March 23.

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