The Christchurch Methodist building on New Road, Marlborough, which also includes the Wesley Hall, will close in January 2023. There has been a Methodist presence in the town for over 200 years and in the Christchurch building for over 100 years. However, the maintenance and upkeep of what is an ageing building are very demanding and can no longer be sustained by the current ageing Methodist fellowship who will be looking for an alternative venue in the town.
It is likely that the buildings will be sold but this is a decision to be made by the central office of the Methodist Church. Meanwhile the current trustees and volunteers at Christchurch will, in the autumn, prepare the building for exit.
The many groups who use Christchurch such as Marlborough Concert Orchestra, Community Choir, Choral Society, WI, Emmanuel Church, Youth Groups have been given notice to find alternative meeting places.
Church Treasurer, Jonathan, told Marlborough.news, “We have a strong desire to maintain Methodist fellowship and worship in Marlborough without the responsibility for the New Road premises. If we can free ourselves from the upkeep of the building, we can put our energy into witness and worship in the Methodist tradition. The roots of Methodism are with John Wesley who began preaching in the open air.
It’s a time of sadness to be finishing at the building after so many years but it’s also a time for fresh opportunities and hope – a new beginning.”
At the full Town Council Meeting on Monday April 11 the Council will consider a Council application to Wiltshire Council to register Christchurch Methodist Church as an Asset of Community Value.