Church move ‘a great shame’

Residents say they are shocked at plans to demolish a 111-year-old church in Eastwood.

Newthorpe Common Methodist Church was built in 1902 and is planned to be knocked down for housing.

Hazel Henson, 85, lives opposite the church in Chewton Street and went there for years as a youngster.

“May God forgive them,” she said.

“I went to that church from the age of five and I am 85 now.

“It shouldn’t be knocked down. It’s a great shame. It’s been there too long.

“I remember Mrs Templeman used to play the organ. It was a lovely chapel,” she added.

Although it is no longer used as a place of worship, it has been used for other gatherings and, most recently, a martial arts club.

One resident who lives in Newthorpe Common itself had his wedding reception at the church.

“It’s was lovely church and we had a great day there. It’s a great shame,” he said.

“It shouldn’t be knocked down for the sake of five houses. There are too many around here as it is.”

And someone a couple of doors down from the church said: “I think a lot of people will be upset about it because of its history.”

The owner of the building, Keith Pyecroft, went through an agency to put in the application to convert the church, its hall and an adjoining house into five new two-storey dwellings. Mr Pyecroft said the church had already been planned for demolition before he bought it.

He said: “The building plot was purchased from the church with outline planning permission already granted for the demolition of the church and for the use of the land for some form of development.”

Mr Pyecroft said the plot of the church had already been planned for demolition before he bought it.

He said: “The building plot was purchased from the church with outline planning permission already granted for the demolition of the church and for the use of the land for some form of development.”