Grimsby's St Pius X Church to be sold to City Church for £352,000

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 23 Aug 2017

St Pius X Church is soon to be under new ownership with a bid having been accepted for its purchase.

The former Catholic church on Chelmsford Avenue, is to be sold to The City Church in Grimsby for £325,000, who are excited to "carry on the Christian heritage" of the building.

It was announced in November 2016 that following a reorganisation of the area's Catholic churches, St Pius X and St John Fisher Hall, Scartho, would be closing their doors in a move to bring three remaining Catholic churches under one new parish.

St Pius X Church, Chelmsford Avenue, Grimsby

Members of Grimsby’s Catholic community reacted in tearful shock at the news of the loss of two churches, both of which were used by various community groups for activities.

They have both stood empty ever since, with rumours being squashed a few weeks ago that supermarket giant Tesco had been seeking to purchase St John Fisher.

Now Grimsby's City Church are excited at the prospect of moving to a new facility, that will help their growing congregation, and allow them to hold more activities and community events.

The church currently uses the Lisle Marsden Church of England School, Lansdowne Avenue, for their Sunday services, and also has a premises on Freeman Street.

It is hoping to finalise the purchase of St Pius X by the end of September.

Church member Jackie Fortune said: "We are currently in the process of buying St Pius X, but we are not quite there yet.

"Our bid for £325,000 has been accepted, and we are hoping that everything will be finalised by the end of September.

"We have been operating in Grimsby for the last seven years or so, meeting every Sunday in the Lisle Marsden School Hall, but recently things have been getting a bit tight as our congregation gradually grows.

"We also have our premises on Freeman Street where we run our nursery, but we needed somewhere that we would be able to meet and put on activities during the week.

St Pius X Church, Chelmsford Avenue, Grimsby

"We are very excited for the move and we hope that we can continue the Christian heritage of the building."

Father Andrew Cole from the parish of Grimsby confirmed that the bid has been accepted by the church, stating how he was keen to see St Pius X "continue as a place of Christian worship."

He said: "We accepted the most reasonable offer that was put before us.

"We were also keen to see the church of St Pius X continue as a place of Christian worship.

"While we are all very sad that the church could not be retained within the Catholic faith, we are happy to see the City Church continue its good work and mission within the area.

"We are going to ensure that all the money raised through the sale of the church will be invested back into our pastoral work in the parish."



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