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Public Meeting Update

A huge thank you to everyone who came to the public meeting in church on the 10th of May. There were about 100 people there, and it was great to see people interested in making sure that St Annes has a future within the parish.

We offer our sincere thanks to the scouts who delivered flyers throughout the parish to invite people to the meeting.

There was a really positive feeling amongst those present, and there were lots of people wanting to get involved, and offering ideas at the end of the meeting. Do fill in the form at the end of this page.

For those who were not able to be there, here is a summary of what happened.

After welcoming everyone, and thanking people for turning out of a Friday evening, Father Alec was able to reassure people that there are no plans to close the church.

He was able pass on the good news that the Diocese of Manchester have confirmed that when he retires in November, he will be replaced by another another priest on the same basis as exists at the moment. This is wonderful news, and it allows us to plan for the medium to longer term, but we cant do it in isolation.

The church will remain a place of worship, this is after all its primary purpose, but an important part of its role as a parish church is to serve the community, this is the area that we are seeking to develop further.

One of the Parish Development Officers from Manchester Diocese also spoke at the meeting and explained how other churches had been able to evolve and transform themselves to offer greater community resources without diminishing the worship element of what they do. In fact in many of the cases there appeared to be an enhancement of both.

There are rules of course, the church is a grade 1 listed building, but we heard how that with the right plans and ideas, and with the participation from the community, there were many ways in which the building could be enhanced and utilized for community use. Funding is available for such projects from the Lottery Heritage fund and others as long as the plans meet their critera.

We were encouraged to think as a community what is needed in our context, what would benefit the local community and come up with some bold plans of where we see ourselves in a few years time.

The church building is already well used by many organisations, but we are convinced that there is scope to go much further than we do at the moment. So we are asking for feedback on how you would like to see St Annes develop and grow and become more relevent to the community it is here to serve.

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