Church looking for community’s ideas

St Cuthbert's Parish Church, Blyth. Picture by Lilian Tomlin, Morpeth
St Cuthbert's Parish Church, Blyth. Picture by Lilian Tomlin, Morpeth

A church in Blyth is asking for public ideas on how to encourage community use of its facilities.

St Cuthbert’s is the oldest recorded site of worship in the town, dating back to an original chapel which stood on the site from 1751.

The present church replaced the chapel in 1885 and is 130-years-old.

When it was built in late Victorian times it possibly had the finest amenities anyone could wish for.

But today’s expectations are different and the church wants to develop the use of space and facilities for the congregation and encourage greater community use.

If you have a personal or family interest in St Cuthbert’s, have perhaps attended exhibitions in the church like the recent First World War and Lindisfarne Gospels events, Christmas Tree Festivals, or one of the many music and choral performances, the church would like to hear from you.

Everyone is invited to attend an event at the church on Saturday (April 25) from 10.30am to noon, or on Tuesday, April 28, from 7.15pm to 8.30pm.

There will be refreshments, posters, a model of the church and people on hand to discuss thoughts and ideas.

Anyone unable to attend can also email their views and ideas to yourview.stcuthberts@gmail.com

St Cuthbert’s, next to the police station, is a Grade II listed building and funding is available to engage a heritage accredited architect to develop feasibility plans once the consultations have ended.