Campaigners plea as Coventry's historic 'Christmas star' church goes on sale - The Coventry Observer

Campaigners plea as Coventry's historic 'Christmas star' church goes on sale

Coventry Editorial 30th Jan, 2024 Updated: 30th Jan, 2024   0

COVENTRIANS wishing to save iconic ‘Christmas star’ are now facing a nervy wait after it was put up for sale.

The star, along with the much-loved original section of Hearsall Baptist Church, is now on the market for a £750,000 asking price.

Spiralling costs meant trustees voted to put the venue up for sale and relocate, and the church and building will close on March 31.

Campaigners have appealed for someone who could afford to buy the property and retain it as a community facility.

Should this happen, they have offered to fund-raise to help cover repairs.

They would then look to seek an experienced group of people to run the venue.

Ahead of the sale, campaigners have called on Coventry City Council to locally list the church’s original section including the spire and the Hearsall Christmas star.

This would save the historic building from any threat of future demolition.

A petition calling for the listing has gained over 900 signatures and been the authority.

Some of the groups using the venue have already moved to Holyhead Road URC church as part of a new partnership, while others will look elsewhere for a new home.

The iconic star has shone over Chapelfields for over 70 years and its lighting signifies Christmas is around the corner to many Coventrians.

Email [email protected] if you are able to assist campaigners in their bid.

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