Village church could close

Burton Fleming Methodist Church
Burton Fleming Methodist Church

A village methodist church which has been open for more than 150 years could be set to close.

Bob Stansfield of the church, in Burton Fleming, confirmed the news, saying that a proposal had been submitted to the next level of the methodist church stating that it was time for the village’s church to close. The church has been open in Burton Fleming since 1869. Although a final decision has not been reached yet, it is expected to close shortly after Easter. Mr Stansfield said: “[We are in the] early stages of these things. You do not just take a quick decision and throw the keys away.”

He added: “It’s not a decision that you can take so swiftly and so lightly.”

He explained that falling attendance was the main reason that the church may soon need to close. With fewer people using the building compared to the costs associated with using a building of that size, it is becoming more and more difficult to keep it running.