From Greg:

The PCCs of both Hope and Shelve parishes have been exploring the possibility of joining together as one parish. This has the virtue of enabling the churches to work collaboratively, sharing mission, social events and planning. If the proposal is eventually adopted, it will also mean a reduction in the number of officers required to keep the show on the road, halving the current requirement of 4 churchwardens, 2 treasurers and 2 secretaries; and this from a pool of a combined electoral roll of no more than 40. And unlike many proposals, there is no real downside. Both churches will remain open and offer two services a month, while anyone will be free to have weddings, christenings or funerals in the church of their choice as before. Formal consultation begins on March 7th and closes on April 19th. Formal responses should be sent to Sarah Girling, the Secretary to the Hereford Diocesan and Pastoral Committee at Of course, the current churchwardens at Hope and Shelve or Greg will be happy to discuss any concerns or thoughts you may have. There is to be a public meeting at Hope Village Hall on Thursday 7th April at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Summary of main proposals

SUMMARY OF MAIN PROVISIONS OF DRAFT PROPOSALS These draft proposals provide for: ·     the union of  the parish of Hope and the parish of Shelve in the area of the benefice of Minsterley, Habberley and Hope with Shelve·     the parish churches of both parishes to be parish churches of the new parish 

Union of parishes

1.         The parish of Hope and the parish of Shelve, being two of the parishes within the area of the benefice of Minsterley, Habberley and Hope with Shelve (which is currently held in plurality with the benefice of Pontesbury), shall be united to create a new parish which shall be named “The Parish of Hope and Shelve”.

Parish churches

2.         The church of Holy Trinity, being the parish church of the parish of Hope, and the church of All Saints, being the parish church of the parish of Shelve, shall both be parish churches of the new parish.

Archdeaconry and deanery

3.         The new parish shall belong to the archdeaconry of Ludlow and the deanery of Pontesbury.

Assistant curates: consequential provision

4.         If immediately before a scheme prepared in pursuance of these proposals comes into operation any person holds the office of assistant curate (however described) in either of the parishes referred to in clause 1 hereof, s/he shall, in consequence of the union of parishes effected by the scheme hold that office subject to the same terms of service in the new parish of Hope and Shelve.

Coming into effect of these proposals

5. These proposals shall take effect upon the first day of the month following the date of the making by the Church Commissioners of a pastoral scheme prepared in pursuance of these proposals.


The effect of clause 4 is simply to ensure that if anyone is licensed to the specific parishes affected by this scheme (as opposed to being licensed to the benefice) their appointment will continue.


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