THE future of St Michael’s Church Hall, Camelsdale is uncertain after it was pronounced surplus to requirements and put up for sale by the church.
And there is division in the parish over what should happen to the building.
It is part of a one-entrance site shared with another community hall given by the philanthropic Pratt Barlow family, in 1918 for a church hall and community use.
The vicar, the Rev David Talks, churchwardens and trustees want the highest price which could mean selling to a developer.
But Lynchmere Parish Council wants to preserve the whole site, as it shares parking space with the Maud Hardman Hoyle Memorial Hall, for the benefit of the community and has registered the St Michael’s part as ‘a community asset’.
Parish councillors want to buy it for a parish office, archive store and display and storage of the Lynchmereans pantomime equipment as well as a smaller community room.
They made a cash offer, but it was refused.
The council intends to continue its efforts to buy and says it would welcome written support from users and others who support their ideas. They have written to hall-users and to the Lynchmere Society informing them of the situation.
Responses should be sent to the vicar, the Bishop of Chichester and the parish council.