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 St Luke, Brinnington with St Paul, Shortwood

Chester

Proposed closure of St Luke's church, Brinnington; for the diocese to demolish the church and the sale of part of the site for retail purposes and part to be appropriated for a new palce of worship

20 July 2017

Benefices of  St Peter with St Alphege and St Margaret and St Mildred with St Mary de Castro, Canterbury; and St Dunstan with Holy Cross, Canterbury

 

Canterbury

Proposed union of benefices

24 July 2017

Parish of Silloth

Carlisle

Proposed closure for regular public worship of the chapel of ease of St Paul, Causewayhead

24 July 2017

Parish of St Matthew, Barrow-in-Furness

Carlisle

Proposed closure for regular public worship of the parish church of St Matthew, Barrow-in-Furness

24 July 2017

Benefices of St Matthias, Stocksbridge; Deepcar; and Bolsterstone

Sheffield

Proposed union of parishes, union of benefices and closure for regular public worship of the church of St Matthias, Stocksbridge

24 July 2017

Benefice and parish of St Mary with St Christopher, Hanwell

London

Proposed creation of new benefice and parish of St Mary, Hanwell and consequential matters

24 July 2017

Benefices of Garretts Green and Tile Cross, St Thomas and St Peter; Saint Richard, Lea Hall; and Sheldon

Birmingham

Proposed creation of two new benefices out of the three existing benefices; for the appointments of their incumbents, their places of residence and future patronage arrangements.

24 July 2017

Parish of Marston Morteyne and the parish of Lidlington

Saint Albans

Proposed union of parishes

01 August 2017

Benefice of Great Crosby St. Faith and St. Mary the Virgin, Waterloo Park

Liverpool 

Proposed closure for regular public worship of Saint Mary the Virgin church.

02 August 2017

Benefices of Faversham; Preston-next-Faversham; Ospringe; and The Brents and Davington

Canterbury

Proposed union of benefices

07 August 2017

Benefice of Ifield

Chichester

Proposed termination of team ministry and creation of new benefice of Gossops Green and Bewbush, St Alban.

14 August 2017

Benefices of Rusper with Colgate; Roffey (otherwise Roughey); and Lower Beeding

Chichester

Proposed alteration of areas of certain parishes together with the creation of new parish of Colgate and Roffey and associated matters

14 August 2017

The benefice of Foulsham, Guestwick, Stibbard, Themelthorpe, and Wood Norton; the benefice of Lyng, Sparham, Elsing, Bylaugh, Bawdeswell and Foxley; the benefice of North Elmham, Billingford, Bintree, Guist, Twyford and Worthing; the benefice of Reepham and Hackford with Whitwell and Kerdiston, Salle, Thurning and Wood Dalling and Salle; and of the benefice of The Wensum Benefice

Norwich 

This draft Scheme provides for:

the dissolution of the benefice of Foulsham, Guestwick, Stibbard, Themelthorpe, and Wood Norton; the benefice of Lyng, Sparham, Elsing, Bylaugh, Bawdeswell and Foxley; the benefice of North Elmham, Billingford, Bintree, Guist, Twyford and Worthing; the benefice of Reepham and Hackford with Whitwell and Kerdiston, Salle, Thurning and Wood Dalling and Salle; and of the benefice of The Wensum Benefice in the diocese of Norwich;

the transfer of the parsonage houses of the benefice of Foulsham, Guestwick, Stibbard, Themelthorpe, and Wood Norton, the benefice of Lyng, Sparham, Elsing, Bylaugh, Bawdeswell and Foxley and the benefice of The Wensum Benefice to the Norwich DBF for diocesan purposes;

the creation of the new benefice of The Heart of Norfolk Team Ministry and for the establishment of a team ministry for that benefice, for the cure of souls to be shared by a team rector and one team vicar, for the appointment of the team rector and team vicar, for the housing arrangements for the team and for the future patronage arrangements for the benefice; 

the creation of the new benefice of Reepham and Wensum Valley Team Ministry and for the establishment of a team ministry for that benefice, for the cure of souls to be shared by a team rector and one team vicar, for the appointment of the team rector, for the housing arrangements for the team and for the future patronage arrangements for the benefice; and

 

the establishment of a group ministry for the new benefice of Reepham and Wensum Valley Team Ministry, and the new benefice of The Heart of Norfolk Team Ministry.

15 August 2017

Benefice of Crawley

Chichester

Proposed dissolution of benefice and parish together with the termination of team ministry, and the creation of three new benefices and parishes

15 August 2017

Benefices of Aldeburgh with Hazelwood; and the Whinlands benefice

St Edmundsbury & Ipswich

Proposed union of benefices and ancillary matters

15th August 2017

Benefices of Dedham; Lawford; Ardleigh and The Bromleys; Great Oakley with Wix and Wrabness; and Tendring and Little Bentley with Beaumont cum Moze

Chelmsford

This draft Scheme provides for:  the dissolution of the benefices of Dedham; Lawford; Ardleigh and The Bromleys; Great Oakley with Wix and Wrabness; and Tendring and Little Bentley with Beaumont cum Moze;  the parsonage houses of the benefices of Ardleigh and The Bromleys; and Tendring and Little Bentley with Beaumont cum Moze to be transferred to the Chelmsford Diocesan Board of Finance for diocesan purposes;  the creation of the new benefice of Dedham and Ardleigh, the appointment of the first incumbent, for the parsonage house and the future patronage arrangements for the new benefice;  the creation of the new benefice of Lawford, Little Bentley and the Bromleys, the appointment of the first incumbent, for the parsonage house and the future patronage arrangements for the new benefice;  the creation of the new benefice of Great Oakley, Wix, Wrabness, Tendring and Beaumont-cum-Moze, the appointment of the first incumbent, for the parsonage house and the future patronage arrangements for the new benefice;

21 August 2017

Benefice of Effingham with Little Bookham

Guildford

Proposed union of parishes

21 August 2017

Benefices of St Wilfrid, Halton; and St Phillip, Osmondthorpe

Leeds

Proposed union of benefices

22 August 2017

Benefices of East Molesey; and West Molesey

Guildford

Proposed dissolution of benefice and creation of two new ones, and establishment of a group ministry

23 August 2017

Benefices of Dallington; and St James  Northampton

Peterborough

Proposed union of benefices and ancillary matters

28th August 2017

Benefices of Bootle, Corney, Whicham and Whitbeck; Eskdale, Irton, Muncaster and Waberthwaite; and Seascale and Drigg

Carlisle

Proposed creation of a new benefice, together with a union of certain parishes

29 August 2017

Benefices of Gosforth with Nether Wasdale and Wasdale Head; St John and St Bridget, Beckermet with Ponsonby; and Seascale and Drigg

Carlisle

Proposed creation of a new benefice and a union of certain parishes

29 August 2017

Benefice of Preston St Oswald with Preston St Jude; parishes of All Saints Preston; Fulwood; Preston, The Risen Lord; and Ribbleton

Blackburn

Proposed dissolution of benefice and parish of Preston St Oswald with St Jude and alteration of areas of parishes

04 September 2017

Benefices of St Thomas, Heigham; Heigham Saint Barnabas with Saint Batholomew; and the benefice of Norwich, Lakenham St Alban and St Mark

Norwich

This draft Scheme provides for the dissolution of the benefice of Saint Thomas, Heigham; the benefice of Heigham Saint Barnabas with Saint Bartholomew; and the benefice of Norwich, Lakenham Saint Alban and Saint Mark in the diocese of Norwich;

the transfer of the parsonage house of the benefice of Heigham Saint Barnabas with Saint Bartholomew to the Norwich Diocesan Board of Finance for diocesan purposes;

for the creation of the new benefice of The Mitre (comprising the parishes of Saint Thomas, Heigham, and Heigham Saint Barnabas with Saint Bartholomew and Saint Alban Lakenham), for the appointment of the first incumbent of the new benefice and his place of residence, and for the future patronage arrangements for the new benefice;

for the creation of the new benefice of Norwich, Lakenham Saint Mark, for the appointment of the first incumbent of the new benefice and his place of residence, and for the future patronage arrangements for the new benefice;

 

and for the consequential amendment to the make-up of the benefices comprising The Lakenham Group Ministry.

13 September 2017


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

Closed Church Diocese Type of Scheme End of Public
Consultation
Period
Redditch St George Worcester Proposed sale for use as a community hall and for residential purposes 14 August 2017
Croxton St John the Baptist Norwich Proposed sale for monument use 18 August 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