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Cannock church shelter discussions

March 09 2011
A decision will be made in the summer about a winter 2011 shelter

Discussions are still underway for plans to introduce a winter night shelter in Cannock. Reverend Stephen Jackson, of Bethany Baptist Church in Chadsmore, has written a report to the leaders of the churches in the district of Cannock Chase and surrounding areas. Rev Jackson is proposing that churches should offer a night shelter for during the winter period of November to March.

Pat Wolfe, a member of the Chase Winter Night Shelter Committee, met Rev Jackson at Bethany Baptist Church on 16 February so everyone could be updated with any progress.

Ms Wolfe said: "There are 15 churches in the district of Cannock Chase. They could share a rota and each provide shelter for one night of every fortnight during the winter months. We are very enthusiastic about supporting Churches Together. If they can provide a winter night shelter for the homeless, we can send volunteers to help set it up and make this a reality."

Chase Night Shelter Committee met Colin Sutton and John Grimley, of the Cannock Chase Rotary Club, who pledged their support to find premises for the shelter.

Ms Wolfe said: "Mr Sutton and Mr Grimley were very sincere and have arranged a further meeting with the head of Cannock Council and the Council Planning Department to discuss this matter."

Reverend Peter Smart, of St Luke's C of E Church in Cannock, was also present at the committee meeting, but could give no clear indication of further plans. Rev Smart said: "I cannot say if it is possible yet for Churches Together to accept whether they will go down that route to provide a winter night shelter. We do have a deadline of May or June this year to make a decision to see if it is practical or not to offer this for winter 2011."