Longney Church as Community Space
Longney Church as Community Space
by Longney and Epney Parish Editor

Longney Church as Community Space

The St Laurence Church at Longney is a beautiful old church which has some unusual features. It is filled with natural light through the windows in all but the darkest months and it is also a very long, regular shape with the altar being some distance from the back of the church. For the past 30 years’ congregation numbers have dwindled and now fewer people use the building for regular worship. It’s place in the community is still thought to be very important. Father Andrew and the PCC have commissioned an architect to look at the building and assess suitability for the back part to be converted into a more usable space by the community, an outline plan for a toilet and wash facilities and improved heating options. This is all at the consultation stage so far but Geoff Smith from the PCC and Father Andrew would welcome any contributions from the community with ideas for the use of the church for other things than religious services. A school reading space, coffee and cake mornings, book club and film nights are some of the options that were voiced at the Parish Council meeting. W e look forward to being a part of this discussion in the future and welcome any parishioner views. Geoff Smith g.smith545@btinternet.com.