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Church to close after 263 years

Swindon Advertiser: Church to close after 263 years Church to close after 263 years

MYSTERY surrounds the decision to close Stratton Green Baptist Church, which has been a place of worship for 263 years.

A post on the website of the Swindon Road church said members were sad to announce that its final service will take place at 10.30am on Sunday, July 6.

The post read: “Important Notice: We are sad to say after 263 years Stratton Green Baptist Church is to close.

“Our Final Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving will be held on Sunday 6 July 2014 at 10.30am.”

The event aims to be a celebration of the church’s history.

Yesterday, no one from the church was available to explain why it was closing but councillors expressed their sadness at the news.

Mayor Teresa Page, who represents Upper Stratton and Penhill, said: “I’m very shocked and disappointed to hear this news as it was a very good community church.

“They were always very good when I was working at Stratton Hospital, as an auxiliary nurse, as they’d regularly come to the hospital and sing frequently.

“It is a sad sign of the times that they’re closing.”

Stratton St Margaret parish councillor Michael Spry said: “It was only last year and the year before that they were refurbishing the church, so closing is the last thing I would have been expecting to happen.

“I’m sure there will be many people who are disappointed to see the church go.”

Swindon councillor Joe Tray, who represents Upper Stratton and Penhill, said: “I’m shocked and dismayed by the news that the church is going to close.

“I don’t know if it is a reflection of the times we live in or not but it is a very sad thing to hear.”

The first church building on the Swindon Road site was built in 1751 by a group of Christians who had been regularly meeting in a house in Stratton Green since 1740.

The structure deteriorated and the majority of the building was demolished in 1934.

The current baptist church was then built and opened later that year with a Sunday school opening in Stratton Green in 1937.

The church’s membership has fluctuated over the years and at one point it only had one member.

It is unknown whether a fall in numbers prompted the decision to close Stratton Green Baptist Church.

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8:27am Tue 24 Jun 14

house on the hill says...

Clearly God decided not to save them from closure then! (awaits all the negative thumbs)
Clearly God decided not to save them from closure then! (awaits all the negative thumbs) house on the hill
  • Score: 8

8:29am Tue 24 Jun 14

Chowmai says...

"The church’s membership has fluctuated over the years and at one point it only had one member. "

So maybe that could be a serious clue as to why it's closing!
"The church’s membership has fluctuated over the years and at one point it only had one member. " So maybe that could be a serious clue as to why it's closing! Chowmai
  • Score: 12

8:42am Tue 24 Jun 14

Oik1 says...

The building would make a striking new McDonalds.
The building would make a striking new McDonalds. Oik1
  • Score: -12

8:56am Tue 24 Jun 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

When a Church fails to move with Society it becomes obsolete.....
When a Church fails to move with Society it becomes obsolete..... A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: 1

9:58am Tue 24 Jun 14

Davey Gravey says...

If it wasn't for the influx of foreigners from primitive country's with little hope apart from their religious beliefs and an ageing society we'd be secular here by now.
If it wasn't for the influx of foreigners from primitive country's with little hope apart from their religious beliefs and an ageing society we'd be secular here by now. Davey Gravey
  • Score: -5

10:04am Tue 24 Jun 14

PaulD says...

perhaps it had to start paying taxes
perhaps it had to start paying taxes PaulD
  • Score: 7

12:20pm Tue 24 Jun 14

house on the hill says...

PaulD wrote:
perhaps it had to start paying taxes
Needs to create its own State and Bank like the Catholic Church did in Rome so it never paid tax and keeps its massive wealth a secret then!
[quote][p][bold]PaulD[/bold] wrote: perhaps it had to start paying taxes[/p][/quote]Needs to create its own State and Bank like the Catholic Church did in Rome so it never paid tax and keeps its massive wealth a secret then! house on the hill
  • Score: 2

12:42pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

Watch this space for more flats 👀
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Watch this space for more flats 👀 ................. -56 Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: -8

5:15pm Tue 24 Jun 14

LordCharles says...

Church means people not buildings. No people - no church.
Church means people not buildings. No people - no church. LordCharles
  • Score: 5

6:25am Wed 25 Jun 14

umpcah says...

Makes a change from pubs closing !
Makes a change from pubs closing ! umpcah
  • Score: 0

1:30pm Wed 25 Jun 14

swindonurock says...

This news is a shame; it's a nice church. It sounds as if it's already too late, but it would be nice if they could find a way to keep it open, especially after having served the community for the better part of three centuries.

I wish the church and its congregation all the very best.
This news is a shame; it's a nice church. It sounds as if it's already too late, but it would be nice if they could find a way to keep it open, especially after having served the community for the better part of three centuries. I wish the church and its congregation all the very best. swindonurock
  • Score: 3

3:36pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Wildwestener says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
If it wasn't for the influx of foreigners from primitive country's with little hope apart from their religious beliefs and an ageing society we'd be secular here by now.
Racist and offensive. What's wrong with you?
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: If it wasn't for the influx of foreigners from primitive country's with little hope apart from their religious beliefs and an ageing society we'd be secular here by now.[/p][/quote]Racist and offensive. What's wrong with you? Wildwestener
  • Score: -4

10:29pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Wildwestener says...

Wildwestener wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
If it wasn't for the influx of foreigners from primitive country's with little hope apart from their religious beliefs and an ageing society we'd be secular here by now.
Racist and offensive. What's wrong with you?
thumbs down from more racists by the look of it. Hang your heads in shame - disgraceful
[quote][p][bold]Wildwestener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: If it wasn't for the influx of foreigners from primitive country's with little hope apart from their religious beliefs and an ageing society we'd be secular here by now.[/p][/quote]Racist and offensive. What's wrong with you?[/p][/quote]thumbs down from more racists by the look of it. Hang your heads in shame - disgraceful Wildwestener
  • Score: -2

8:48am Thu 26 Jun 14

DiDiDI says...

Perhaps the site will be bought by Charles Church.
Perhaps the site will be bought by Charles Church. DiDiDI
  • Score: 0

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