Campaigners battling to save closed church

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CAMPAIGNERS trying to save a former church from demolition claim these pictures prove it is not in as bad a state as the Church of England claims.

Church Commissioners selling the former St Hilda’s Church, Wincobank, Sheffield, say the building has been broken into repeatedly and suffered arson attacks.

But Hendrika Stephens, who is among residents who want the building saved and turned into a community facility, said: “An urban explorer has looked around the building and photographs taken contradict the commissioners’ comment that ‘the interior of the church has been largely destroyed’.

“There is obvious damage, but I feel it is over-exaggerated.”

Hendrika said the number of signatures on petitions and online - at http://sthildas.webs.com - calling for the church to be saved has reached 150.

Church Commissioners say the church is too costly to repair and they have agreed the site’s sale for development.