Current Draft Pastoral Schemes and Orders

There are links below to all the cases the Church Commissioners are currently considering. You can send comments to the Commissioners either for or against what is being proposed. Comments need to be received by the date shown for that particular case. Details are shown when you click on the particular draft scheme / order link.

All correspondence received by the Commissioners will be treated as public correspondence.

Parish Reorganisation - Draft Pastoral Schemes and Orders

Subject Diocese Type of Transaction End of Public Consultation Period
 

Benefice of The Langport Area Churches

Bath & Wells

Proposed termination of team ministry and dissolution of benefice, and the creation of two new benefices

25 September 2017

Benefices of Brough with Stainmore; and Kirkby Stephen with Mallerstang and Crosby Garrett with Soulby

Carlisle

This draft Scheme provides for

the union of the benefice of Brough with Stainmore and the benefice of Kirkby Stephen with Mallerstang and Crosby Garrett with Soulby (their constituent parishes to remain distinct);

the parsonage house of the new benefice to be that of the benefice of Kirkby Stephen with Mallerstang and Crosby Garrett with Soulby;

the disposal of the parsonage house of the benefice of Brough with Stainmore; and

 

the future patronage arrangements for the new benefice,

25 September 2017

Parish of Litherland St Andrew and Seaforth St Thomas

Liverpool

Proposed closure for regular public worship of the church of St Andrew, Litherland

02 October 2017

Benefices of Ringwould, St Nicholas with Kingsdown, St John the Evangelist and Ripple, St Mary the Virgin with Sutton by Dover, St Peter and St Paul; and Walmer

Canterbury

Proposed union of benefices (and certain parishes only)

02 October 2017

Benefice of Swindon New Town

Bristol

Proposed termination of team ministry

09 October 2017

Benefices of Stratton St Margaret with South Marston and Stanton Fitzwarren; and Dorcan, Swindon

 

Bristol

Proposed termination of both team ministries, the union of the two parishes of Stratton St Margaret; and South Marston, and alteration of areas of certain parishes

 

09 October 2017

Benefices of West Swindon and the Lydiards, and the parishes of Wroughton and Wichelstowe; Brinkworth; and Purton

Bristol

 

Proposed dissolution of benefice and parish of West Swindon and the Lydiards, termination of its team ministry, the creation of two new benefices and parishes together with the alteration to the areas of certain parishes

09 October 2017

Benefices of St Augustine, Bromley Common; St Luke, Bromley Common; and Holy Trinity, Bromley

Rochester

Proposed union of certain benefices and parishes and admendment of group ministry

16 October 2017

Church of St John in the Wilderness, Shuttleworth

Manchester

Proposed closure for regular public worship of the church, in the parish of St John and St Paul, Ramsbottom. 

16 October 2017

Benefices of Mark with Allerton; Huntspill; Wedmore with Theale and Blackford

Bath & Wells

 

Proposed reorganisation of the three benefices into two.

16 October 2017

Benefice of Fen Drayton with Conington and Lolworth with Swavesey

Ely

This draft Scheme provides for:

the dissolution of the benefice of Fen Drayton with Conington and Lolworth and Swavesey and the transfer of the proceeds of the sale of the parsonage house of that benefice to the Ely Diocesan Pastoral Account;

the creation of a new benefice of Fen Drayton comprising the parish of Fen Drayton and for the future patronage arrangements for the new benefice;

the creation of a new benefice of Conington comprising the parish of Conington and for the future patronage arrangements for the new benefice;

the creation of a new benefice of Lolworth comprising the parish of Lolworth, and for the future patronage arrangements for the new benefice; and

 

the creation of a new benefice of Swavesey comprising the parish of Swavesey and for the future patronage arrangements for the new benefice;

23 October 2017

Benefices of St Margaret, Thornbury; and St James the Great, Woodhall

Leeds

Proposed union of benefices and alteration of parish name

26 September 2017
Benefice of Medlock Head Manchester Proposed dissolution of team ministry and creation of two new benefices 09 October 2017
Benefice of Royton, Saint Paul and Shaw, Holy Trinity Manchester Proposed dissolution of benefice and creation of two new ones 09 October 2017

Benefices of Stoke sub Hamdon; Norton-sub-Hamdon with West Chinnock, Chiselborough and Middle Chinnock; Odcombe, Brympton, Lufton and Montacute; Tintinhull with Chilthorne Domer, Yeovil Marsh and Thorne Coffin; and Preston Plucknett

Bath and Wells Proposed reorganisation to two new benefices, transfer of certain parishes together with alteration of areas of parishes 23 October 2017

Benefice of Kemsing with Woodlands

Rochester Proposed union of parishes 06 November 2017

Benefice of Didcot All Saints and parish of Long Wittenham with Little Wittenham

Oxford Proposed creation of the new parish of Didcot Ladygrove in the area of the benefice of Didcot All Saints 06 November 2017


Closed Church Buildings - Draft Pastoral (Church Buildings Disposal) Schemes

Closed Church Diocese Type of Scheme End of Public
Consultation
Period
Parish of Ibsley St Martin  Winchester Proposed for the former church of Ibsley St Martin and its churchyard to be sold for residential use and/or as an office and/or as a gallery 23 October 2017

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for:

• the termination of the team ministry established for the area of the benefice of Barking and the alteration of the benefice and parish name to "The Benefice (or Parish) of Saint Margaret, Barking";

• for the creation of a new benefice and parish of Saint Patrick, Barking in the area of the parish of Barking, for the parish church of the new parish, for the appointment of the first incumbent of the new benefice and for the future patronage arrangements for the new benefice;

• for the creation of a new benefice and parish of Christ Church, Thames View in the area of the parish of Barking, for the parish church of the new parish, for the appointment of the first incumbent of the new benefice and for the future patronage arrangements for the new benefice