Sheffield plea to save estate church

Residents Richard Tomlinson, his seven-year-old son Charles, Graham Foster, Sally Foster and Sheila Dove.
Residents Richard Tomlinson, his seven-year-old son Charles, Graham Foster, Sally Foster and Sheila Dove.
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Calls have been made to save a landmark church from demolition on a Sheffield housing estate.

The Church of England Church Commissioners have announced plans to bulldoze St Cecilia’s, on Chaucer Close, Parson Cross, and sell the site.

The church has been closed for nearly two years, after being deemed in need of repairs, and the congregation has transferred elsewhere.

A public drop-in session is being held today where people can find out about the plans, between 1.30pm and 7pm at The Learning Zone, on Wordsworth Avenue.

But pensioner Sally Foster, of Fox Hill, whose mother Rose Parker used to be housekeeper at St Cecilia’s, is urging church officials to think again.

She said: “St Cecilia’s is due to be demolished in the near future and letters have been going out in the Chaucer area to let people know about this public information session - but nobody else has been informed.

“I would urge members of the wider public to come along and have their say before it’s too late.

“The building has been there since the 1930s and was the mother church for two others in the area.

“St Cecilia’s closed due to roof repairs, we were told, and parishioners were moved to one of the smaller churches, St Bernard’s, on Southey Hill.”

She added: “I attended the last service at St Cecilia’s. I believe the Church would be better repairing it and closing St Bernard’s instead. St Cecilia’s is a very nice building and should be preserved.”

The Church Commissioners said the church had a ‘low number of worshippers and lack of funds to run or maintain it’.

The hall, vicarage and memorial garden will remain.

■ People can comment on the plans by September 2 by emailing katie.lowe@churchofengland.org or by calling 0207 898 1737.