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Council buys church to save it for community groups

PUBLISHED: 13:05 29 November 2019 | UPDATED: 13:06 29 November 2019

Long Stratton Methodist Church, on Manor Road, which is used by community groups. Picture: Simon Parkin

Long Stratton Methodist Church, on Manor Road, which is used by community groups. Picture: Simon Parkin

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Public events and community groups will be able to continue to use a Methodist church building after a town council stepped in to secure its future.

The future of Long Stratton Methodist Church, has been secured after the town council agreed a deal to buy it. Picture: Simon ParkinThe future of Long Stratton Methodist Church, has been secured after the town council agreed a deal to buy it. Picture: Simon Parkin

Long Stratton Methodist Church, on Manor Road, is home to more than 10 community groups on a weekly basis, ranging from parenting classes to a slimming club, but its future had become uncertain.

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The Methodist Circuit, which owns the modern red brick family church built to serve the surrounding housing estate, had said it was planning to sell the building, which is no longer used for church services due to a lack of attendance.

Long Stratton Town Council undertook a series of public meetings and an online survey over its long-term future and is now set to buy the building.

Town clerk Becky Buck said: "Following the public consultation 96pc of those that participated said they would like the council to purchase the building. I am pleased to confirm that the council has made an offer to the Norwich Methodist Circuit which has been accepted subject to contract."

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