Nunsthorpe Together community group looking for new home as they prepare to leave church
D-DAY is looming for a community-led group on the Nunsthorpe Estate which is now on the hunt for a new home.
On Friday, Nunsthorpe Together community group will vacate St Martin's Church and church hall for good – an agreement which eventually came about after various and long disputes between the group and the church.
The outcome has saddened the whole estate, according to Roger Douglas, pictured, the chairman of the Nunsthorpe Together board.
He said years of hard and good work has nowhere to progress to.
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"It is very sad that it has come to this, but we are now appealing to anyone that can help us," he said.
"We need a new home for the group to occupy and have been in talks to try and open up the estate's youth club again, but we have heard nothing back."
Nunsthorpe Together has sorted its assets, which include go-karts and a mezzanine floor within the building. The floor was being dismantled down yesterday, and a skip was placed outside, as reported on www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk.
The assets will go into storage, but Mr Douglas said the floor will be put up for sale if they can not find another use for it.
He said: "At the end of the day, the church owns the building, so they can do what they like with it.
"What upsets me is that it was built for the community, but we are being made to leave."
The group took up occupancy of St Martin's Church and the hall in 2004, and held activities such as bingo, dance classes and go-karting. It is widely credited with helping many of the estate's residents turn their lives around.
The Reverend Andrew Dodd, priest in charge of the Great Grimsby team ministry, said: "The agreement for Nunsthorpe Together to vacate the church on Friday was very amicable, despite previous disagreements.
"A few months ago, out of goodwill, we did ask around to see if anyone else could house the group.
"However, at the time, we heard nothing back.
"Once the group leaves, we will assess what work needs to be done to bring the buildings up to standard before making them accessible for community use.
"The church is looking forward to hosting a variety of activities for people to get involved in, which will hopefully happen later in the year."