Vicar wants to take hammer to bricked-up door

Rev Sheila Bridge at  St Peter & St. John's Church, Clifton Road
Rev Sheila Bridge at St Peter & St. John's Church, Clifton Road

A break-in is being planned at an Anglican church in Clifton Road where a minister wants to knock through a bricked-up door.

Since 1984 the front door to St Peter and St John’s church has been obstructed by dozens of bricks after a fire caused the church hall to burn down.

But now, the Rev Sheila Bridge, the minister in charge of the parish, is determined that the church should present a more welcoming face to the public.

She said: “They walk by and think we are closed.

“In fact, there is a lovely community space inside our church which is being underused by local people because they can’t find their way in!

“The current way in to church is through a door on the far side of the building, a door that is virtually out of sight from the main road.”

The congregation at St Peter and St John’s are at the planning stage of this redevelopment and would like to hear from anyone who has an opinion on the idea. There will be an open meeting at the church hall on Saturday from 9am to 10.30am to view the proposals, make comments and ask questions.

Mrs Bridge would like to hear from anyone who remembers the old door being open. Email sheila@peterjohnchurch.org.uk. More details on church meetings can be found at www.peterjohnchurch.weebly.com.