‘Danger’ Great Yarmouth church is closed

A CHURCH in Great Yarmouth has been closed after being classed as being a danger.

The congregation at St Luke's in Cobholm were told yesterday (Sunday) morning that the Parochial Church Council of Great Yarmouth parish had taken an urgent decision to temporarily close the church because of serious health and safety concerns.

A recent electrical survey revealed significant areas of concern many of which were deemed to be in the most serious category of 'danger present'.

The decision to close the church was taken after consultation as funds necessary for repair work are not available at the moment.

As well as raising the money for these urgent repairs estimated at �20,000 a further �80,000 needs to be found for other urgent repairs to the building in the next few years.

Following the last service on Sunday, and the congregation was encouraged to move to the parish church, St Nicholas' Minster, or to St Mary's in Southtown.

Team Rector of Great Yarmouth, the Revd Chris Terry said: 'I am really sad we have had to take this action. St Luke's is a small friendly congregation. However the state of the electrical installation in the church is very poor and there is the risk that somebody could easily have been seriously injured. We will continue to serve the community of Cobholm from Great Yarmouth Minster which is the Parish Church.'

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