Church in Corby Glen is to close

Scene Setter of Corby Glen Church.

Scene Setter of Corby Glen Church.

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CORBY Glen Catholic church will hold its last Mass on Wednesday, February 29, at 7pm.

Father Anthony Dolan, who looks after the village church and St Mary’s Church in Grantham, said the decision to close it was a difficult one.

He said: “A number of efforts were made by a lot of people but we’ve come to the conclusion we simply can’t keep it open.”

The Bishop of Nottingham will be present at the final Mass, which will mark the formal closure of the church.

The Dioceses of Nottingham Trustees will then decide the fate of the building.

Father Dolan said: “What the future will be I just don’t know at the moment.

“It’s a very sad occasion.

“It’s a Grade II listed building with a churchyard attached.”

The church was opened in Corby Glen on March 8, 1857.

The materials for the church came from a chapel in Irnham, which was transported in 1,000 wagon loads to Corby Glen.

The church had its own priest until the late 1970s and since then it has been looked after by the priest at St Mary’s.

Then in 2004 the services were reduced to one Mass a month, on a Thursday evening.

Father Dolan added: “We tried to revive the Catholic community there but Bourne and Stamford are closer to a lot of people.”

Anyone is welcome to attend the final service.