clicking here, I now bring the story up to the late 1950’s when I appeared on the scene.
|Rev Hailes with the Mother's Union Ladies|
|Picture courtesy Arthur Spink - J Norman & Co- Photographers|
Anyway, enough of my memories of these happy times, bringing the time-line up to 1997, St Paul's had recently celebrated it's 150th Anniversary, when dark clouds regarding the Church's future started to gather. After having had to spend some large amounts in the recent past for the removal of asbestos, repairs to the electrics and heating system, a calculation was made that the running costs for the church were £1386 a month, and due to falling numbers in the congregation, there was only £600 a month coming in.
|Faith, Charity and Hope|
Because the repairs needed were found to be extensive, with great reluctance the building and part of the churchyard were eventually put up for sale. The Congregation eventually found a permanent home as part of the Shared Church in the village, after a Sharing Agreement had been drawn up.
As I write this article in 2012, the building has been sold some years ago, with listed building consent and full planning permission for conversion, but it still stands empty with all lower windows boarded up, all the upper windows broken, and the pigeons roosting in the bell tower…..a sorry sight indeed for someone like myself, who can remember it fifty years ago in all it’s glory.
I acknowledge the book “Denholme, the Village, the People and the Minster on the Hill” by Terry Hanson, and wish to thank him for allowing me to use extracts from his book.