Responding to Bishop Malcolm’s proposals: Q2.1

The bishop’s second question: do you think that the proposed link is reasonable? If so, why? If not, why not? Please feel free to suggest reasoned amendments (e.g., this proposal won’t work because…).

Please indicate:

  • Very reasonable
  • Reasonable
  • Neither reasonable nor unreasonable
  • Unreasonable
  • Very unreasonable

Why do you think that?


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Fr Martin Sylvester is the dean of Nottingham West deanery, and parish priest of Long Eaton.
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4 Responses to Responding to Bishop Malcolm’s proposals: Q2.1

  1. Martin says:

    The proposal that most intimately affects our parishes in the scheme put forward by the bishop and his Council is this: “Link St Francis of Assisi, Long Eaton with St Hugh, Borrowash”
    At Bishop Malcolm’s presentation to priests, the question was asked, “What does ‘link’ mean? Does it mean, ‘Prepare to share a priest?’” The answer was, “Yes.” In a further written clarification, Fr Andrew Cole, the bishop’s secretary wrote, “For the avoidance of doubt ‘link’ means share a parish priest.”
    St Francis has a capacity of 160 seats with kneelers for the congregation, with a further 23 seats without kneelers (e.g. for deacons, servers, any concelebrating priests, organist and choir). In the last official count, in October, the average attendance over the two Masses was 207. On Sunday 3rd March, 32 children took part in the children’s liturgy of the word during Sunday morning Mass.
    St Hugh has a capacity of 140 seats. In the last official count, in October, the average Sunday Mass attendance was 120. 15 children take part in the children’s liturgy of the word.

  2. Judy Spittle says:

    No comment

  3. ashton m says:

    totally unreasonable. the distance between the parishes is to great and the lack of transport facilities would mean the majority of people could not easily move between parishes

  4. Mary Bradford says:

    It is an unreasonable proposalThe proposed link between Long eaton and Borrowash is not a natural one. Borrowash is already linked with St Albans Chaddesden; these two parishes feed into the same primary school. Why break a link which appears to be working. The transport problems between various parts of both parishes does not help either. The size of both churches means that no ‘big’ events could take place in a single church e.g. confirmation

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