Locals tell Metro Mayor church building should be kept for Radstock community

Local people have explained to their Metro Mayor Dan Norris how a much-loved church in Radstock should remain a community asset and space for future generations rather than being “flogged to the highest bidder”.

The church has been a fixture of the Radstock community for over a century, first opening its doors in 1902 until its last service was held this January.

Mr Norris will meet groups who have used the Church, including Radstock Brownies, Silver Band and Radstock In Bloom, as well as George Clutten, clerk for the town council, and Bath and North East Somerset councils Chris Dando, Bruce Shearn and Eleanor Jackson.

The Church network will make a final decision on whether the church will be sold on 2 April.

Metro Mayor Dan Norris, who used the church for constituency surgeries, says: “Trinity Methodist Church is a much-loved community space. From flower arranging to music-making, from food distribution to dance and drama classes, and from coffee mornings to mum and toddler meetings, it’s all happened here. I am hearing a lot of disquiet from local groups about how we could lose this important community asset but importantly there are some innovative ideas and I can feel a real sense of determination”.

Speaking about the meeting, Radstock Town Clerk, George Clutten, said: “Radstock Town Council are pleased that so many people are interested in the future of Trinity Methodist Church. Many groups and individuals have already shown their support and are keen to seek a solution that will see its continued use for the community. There is hope that it will be saved and become a valuable and much-needed community asset in the heart of Radstock”.

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