Following public meetings regarding Lumbutts Graveyard and Chapel, the community wished for the graveyard to be retained, if possible, by the Methodist Graveyard Committee, with help and input from the community.
This would ensure that it remained open for community use and it would ensure its long-term maintenance, in a beautiful conservation area, said a spokesman for Friends of Lumbutts Chapel.
The Methodist Circuit wishes to see both the graveyard and the chapel sold, while the community group is looking into community use for the chapel, if grants can be accessed for the building, but this would not extend to the graveyard.
A petition to the Methodist Graveyard Committee to retain ownership, with community support and input, is being raised.
It can be signed at several places in Todmorden, including the Information Centre, St Mary’s Church, the central Post Office in Bramsche Square, The Todmorden News Centre, The Crumbly Cheese stall in Todmorden Market Hall, Central Hair Design and S. W. Allen opticians, both on Water Street, The Bear Café on Rochdale Road, Grandma Pollard’s Chippy in Walsden, The Shepherd’s Rest Inn on Lumbutt’s Road and the Top Brink in Lumbutts.
The Friends Group first met following the announcement last autumn by the Methodist Church authorities that it was to close the place of worship. The final service was held in December.