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Plea to join in church protest

PUBLISHED: 18:42 12 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:16 05 July 2010

LEADERS of a Lowestoft church under threat of closure are appealing to supporters to contact the landlords who want to sell the building to developers.

LEADERS of a Lowestoft church under threat of closure are appealing to supporters to contact the landlords who want to sell the building to developers.

Preparations are being made by the Bethel Christian Fellowship to vacate the Sailors and Fishermen's Bethel, in Battery Green Road, after a notice to quit was served by the Sailors' Society that owns the building.

As reported in The Journal last week the church, which has served the Lowestoft community for more than 100 years, has to be cleared by the end of September.

Trustee at the Bethel, John Durrant, said a public notice printed last week invited representations from anyone objecting to the Bethel being sold for commercial purposes.

“The Bethel leadership thank all those who have written to The Journal and would urge them and others who are concerned to respond to the public notice by writing to the Sailors' Society before September 21,” he said.

Anyone wanting to write to the society about the sale of the Bethel should write to the Company Secretary, Sailors' Society, 350 Shipley Road, Southampton SO15 3HY, stating the reasons for their objection.

“Commercial bids for the property closed in July but at a recent meeting of the Bethel leadership with the Sailors' Society company secretary Robert Adams it was stated that the society would look favourably on an offer above £155,000 to enable the Bethel to continue its 100-year history as an independent church serving the community in the Lowestoft area.

“Pledges and donations from supporters have, as yet, nowhere near reached that figure,” said Mr Durrant.

Meanwhile, everyone is invited to what looks like the final harvest thanksgiving celebrations.

A family service is being held at the Bethel on Sunday, September 21, at 10.30am, and an evening service at 6.30pm.

On Monday, September 22, at 7.30pm a Harvest Praise service is being led by the Bethel's own singing group Inspiration.

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