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Holy Trinity Church in Coldhurst “remains under threat of closure”

A parish church in the service of the public for 170 years “remains threatened with closure”.

The decision on whether or not to close Holy Trinity Church on Godson Street in Coldhurst due to a number of long-standing issues, which have been made worse by the pandemic, has yet to be made.

The number of people attending church has fallen in recent years and its reserve funds have remained “depleted”.

More than £ 50,000 is needed to pay for essential works in areas such as the east end wall and the choir ceiling.

In May, Reverend David Austin wrote a letter which stated, “Unfortunately, we are now seriously considering closing the church permanently.

“This is due to a number of long-term factors, but these have been exacerbated by the Covid pandemic which has closed our building for much of last year.

“Like many businesses and organizations in the region, we need to determine whether we can recover financially and digitally during a very difficult year.

“The number of our congregations has been declining for several years and is now in single digits for Sunday services.”

Director Barry Ratcliffe helped drop flyers around the area to inform residents of the prospect of the community hub’s closure and encourage them to use its services.

But there has not been a significant increase in the number of people passing through the doors of the facility.

The committee met recently to discuss the future of the church, but no concrete steps have yet been taken to close its doors.

Mr Ratcliffe said: “The church remains under threat of closure.

“We are looking for help from the diocese.

“There were about 3,000 fliers that we posted through people’s doors, but the effect was limited to be honest, there was only a small difference in Sunday morning services.”

In September, Reverend Austin said Sunday services are still expected to continue until after Easter next year.

The Diocese of Manchester has been approached for comment on the current situation.