Worshippers gather to bid farewell to century-old Portsmouth church

Worshippers at St Margaret's Church, Eastney

Worshippers at St Margaret's Church, Eastney

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A CHURCH has closed its doors for the last time after more than 100 years.

The parochial parish council of St Margaret’s Church in Eastney voted to ask the Bishop of Portsmouth, Right Reverend Christopher Foster, to close the church permanently.

The building suffered from structural problems that would involve spending £1m to put right.

The council also agreed to close its church hall from January 1.

Rt Rev Foster led a final service in the church hall where worshippers had the chance to share memories of the church.

He said: ‘Thank you for your commitment, your love for this place and your care for one another which has expressed itself with such eloquence in the last months as difficult decisions have been made.’

Worshipper Liz Bradbury said: ‘I first came to St Margaret’s over 20 years ago and I can truly say that parish and people have played such a big part in my life during these years.

‘I remember with great fondness all those people who have supported me and my family during times of great sadness and also helped us to celebrate in happy times.’

The church was opened in 1903, but had already been temporarily closed for safety reasons.

An electrical inspection showed some serious problems, and a keystone in one of the windows had slipped.

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