Thimbleby Church set to 
be kept open by Diocese?

St Margaret's Church Thimbleby EMN-140306-135437001
St Margaret's Church Thimbleby EMN-140306-135437001

The long-running Thimbleby Church saga took a new twist as Lincoln Archdeacon Tim Barker announced that the Diocese was considering stopping the closure of the historic building.

The decision to revoke the proposed closure of the building is set to be decided by the end of the year.

This is welcome news for supporters of the Friends of St Margaret’s Church who have campaigned to save the building for a number of years.

Reverend John Parkin said: “I’m absolutely delighted that there is now light at the end of the tunnel.

“The Parochial Church Council (PCC) saw the progress that the Friends and the St Margaret’s Trust had made and were impressed by the fact that we showed courage and determination.”

The spire at the church was dismantled earlier this year due to safety fears and it is believed that £80,000 needs to be raised in order to repair and replace it.

St Margaret’s hosted its first service, which was led by Rev Parkin, for three years on Easter Sunday and raised £1,476 towards church funds.

“I think that the closure will be rescinded,” Rev Parkin continued. “We had a very successful service on Easter Day and I’m delighted for fundraisers and everyone involved that we are at this stage.”

It is estimated that a total of £140,000 is needed to fully restore the church, including the spire, electrics and repairs to the organ.

There will be a number of additional fundraisers throughout 2014 including a Midsummer Table Top Sale on June 21 and Thimbleby Garden Fete on July 6.

The Friends will also be raising awareness of the Church during the SO Festival which takes place in Horncastle on June 29.