In May 2018 the Chancellor of Ely Diocese, Judge Anthony Leonard QC, held a Consistory Court Hearing in the Church of St Peter & St Paul to consider the PCC’s plans for the church building. Ten opponents took formal party status in the Faculty proceedings and their case, together with that of the petitioners, was heard over the course of a two-day hearing. A great deal of written evidence was also considered by the Chancellor, who has now made his Judgment.
We are delighted that the Chancellor has agreed to all the major elements of the proposed scheme:
We have since worked with our architect to make modifications to the proposed location of the creche, medieval pews and ledger stones, as requested by the Chancellor and these have all now been agreed.
We are extremely pleased with the outcome of the Hearing and very grateful to the Chancellor for the wisdom, care and good humour that he brought to such a complex process.
We are also delighted that the Church has been vindicated in its vision for the building and, amongst other things, for the way that the PCC conducted its consultation with the village.
A great deal of hard work went into preparing for the Court Hearing. We are very grateful to many people for their help and support, especially our barrister, Ms Ruth Arlow and our solicitor Mr Stuart Jones. Thank you to everyone who prayed – and most especially, thanks be to God!
Support us in our plans
Watch our videos to hear the views of some key people in the Diocese and the Church of England about our plans.
Interview with Bishop Stephen of Ely .
Interview with Bishop David of Huntingdon.
Video message from Bishop John of Worcester. (Lead bishop for cathedrals and church buildings).