ST BARTHOLOMEW’s, Elvaston, in the diocese of Derby, will be closed for the rest of the winter because of rising fuel costs.
The PCC of St Bartholomew’s, in Elvaston Country Park, which is situated away from the village, has decided to merge its Sunday services with neighbouring St James’s, Shardlow, also in the Aston-on-Trent group of parishes, after the cost of oil for heating the building almost doubled.
The Rector, the Revd Tony Luke, said that when the PCC received its last consignment of oil after Christmas, the price had risen from 40p to 70p per litre. “The price of oil has shot up considerably; so it seemed to make sense to have joint services during the winter months rather than pay a lot of money to heat the church for a few people.”
He said that the seven churches he looks after work closely together; so combining services was not new. He hopes that the church will reopen in early April.