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Roedean School gifted St Mark’s Church, and the £68k church appeal fund, to the parish of St George’s, Kemptown, last week.
It is anticipated that, following two grant applications, the church will reopen as a community centre for Brighton residents next year. Over thirty local groups have already expressed interest in using the building for creative and performance arts.
Father Andrew, Vicar of St George’s, and community representatives received the church keys from Richard Poffley, Director of Finance and Administration at Roedean.
Mr Poffley said, ‘We were delighted to return this Kemptown icon to the parish, knowing it will be restored to its former glory and once again a working building.’
Father Andrew said, ‘It is brilliant to have the church back at the heart of the Kemptown community, allowing us to throw open the doors to people wishing to express their appreciation of art and free expression.’
The parish celebrated the return of the church with an hour-long peel of the four bells the following day.
For the full article which appeared in The Argus click here.