Trust in bid to take on village church

Thimbleby Church
Thimbleby Church

A village trust has begun the process to transfer ownership of a church which is subject to a huge restoration project.

St Margaret’s Church, Thimbleby, will be closed in the coming weeks as part of the legal process to transfer ownership of the building from the Diocese of Lincoln.

Thimbleby St Margaret’s Trust will be making an application to take on ownership on behalf of the village and the people who live there.

Trust Company Secretary John Parkin said: “This is not, and I repeat not, a physical closure of the church.

“In fact the church has been re-opened following removal of the spire and will continue to be open for people to view and use whilst we prepare for the next phase of restoration.

“Our architect and engineer have passed the building as safe.”

In celebration of the work to date at the church and its reopening there will be a Songs of Praise service held at 3pm on April 20, Easter Sunday.

This will be an opportunity for people to reacquaint themselves with the church, hear an update on the overall project, proposed transfer of ownership and outline plans for the future.

The church has been the centre of a restoration project and its spire was removed earlier this year due to safety concerns.

The next phase of the project includes design and estimates for the repair of the tower and reconstruction of the spire.

Business plans will be prepared in support of the application for transfer of ownership to the Trust.

These will require an indication of the future use of the building, not only in providing religious services but also to meet the wider needs of the community of Thimbleby, in association with the existing village hall facility.