Proposals for pastoral reorganisation affecting the benefice of Accrington Saint James and Saint Paul; and the benefice of Saint John, Baxenden in the Diocese of Blackburn.

The proposals provide for the the dissolution of the benefice of Accrington Saint James and Saint Paul; and the benefice of Saint John, Baxenden; for the union of the parish of Saint John Baxenden, for the creation of a new benefice of Baxenden Saint John the Baptist and Accrington Saint Paul, for the appointment of the first incumbent of the new benefice, her place of residence and for the future patronage arrangements for the new benefice; the creation of a new benefice of Accrington Saint James, for the parsonage house of the new benefice and for the future patronage arrangements for the new benefice.


This consultation expires on 11th April 2022.

Anyone may make representations (formal comments) for or against the draft scheme.

In order to be considered by the Commissioners, comments must be submitted in writing, either by post or electronically. You can do this in one of two ways:

  1. Email us using the form below, using "I would like to make a Representation". 
  2. Write to: James Davidson-Brett, Pastoral Division, Church Commissioners, Great Smith St, London, SW1P 3AZ
  3. Covid-19 Update

    Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, like many others we at the Church of England Pastoral and Closed Churches Department have transitioned to remote working. 

    As such, we ask that you please note the following:

    - Please send all correspondence electronically rather than via postal services wherever possible. 

    - Our phones have been diverted or are being checked occasionally  - e-mail will be a safer means of direct contact.

    - We appreciate your patience during this time when we are working remotely.

Any representations must be received not later than 11th April 2022. Any representation should include your reasons for your comments.

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

If you have any queries about this draft scheme, please contact us using the form below using "I have a query about a draft scheme". 

To find out more, please read our leaflet "Your Views Count"


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