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To: The Right Reverend Declan Lang, Bishop of Clifton

Save St Stanislaus Dulverton and its Youth Centre

Save St Stanislaus Dulverton and its Youth Centre

Please allow the Parish to keep open the Residential Centre and St Stanislaus Church, Dulverton, Somerset. We have the funds.

Why is this important?

St Stanislaus RC Church, Dulverton and its adjoining 'Residential Centre', a Hostel, share the same site, with narrow access and restricted parking. One property is not usable without the other. The Hostel needs some expenditure on the exterior for which the Diocese is unwilling to pay. According to professional estimates obtained by the Parish, the cost is no more than £50K, which, given the chance, the Parish and Diocese could source between them. Most groups staying at the Centre are from schools, colleges, universities and youth organisations who come for canoeing and kayaking on the rivers Exe and Barle, rowing on Wimbleball Lake or cycling and hiking on Exmoor. Many groups had already expressed an interest in booking for 2020 before closure was suddenly announced by the Diocese in June 2019. The Hostel is in a prime location in the National Park and conveniently situated in a town with shops and services. Loss of the Hostel will bring further significant loss to local businesses, to young people and to community life in Dulverton and the surrounding area which have already been hard hit by other recent closures. Loss of the Hostel will also inevitably mean closure of the adjoining Church of St Stanislaus which is a spiritual beacon not only for local parishioners, but also for town people of all faiths or none, who drop in for moments of quiet contemplation, for tourists, family and friends from across the world visiting Exmoor. Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, former President of France, used to worship there when staying with friends locally. It is a little gem of a church with features designed by Sir Albert Richardson and adorned with glorious stained glass and interesting statues including St George and the Dragon by Septimus Waugh and a fine crucifix by Eric Gill. See more about the Residential Centre at

How it will be delivered

Stage a press conference

Reasons for signing

  • Brilliant memories in this hostel on paddling weekends, it would be gutting to see it go
  • It's really important to keep the church open. Outrageous they want to close it and probably sell off the site.Good luck!
  • This place has been one of the central hubs contributing to the success Oxford Brookes University Boat Club has had over the years. Having this place to stay has allowed the club to go on training camps at wimbleball lake for the past 25 years These camps allow us as athletes to hone and improve our skills and fitness allowing Brookes athletes and crews to compete on an international stage Losing this place will greatly hinder our ability to compete at such a high level!


2019-08-04 18:38:13 +0100

100 signatures reached

2019-08-01 09:13:26 +0100

50 signatures reached

2019-07-31 21:51:36 +0100

25 signatures reached

2019-07-31 08:13:21 +0100

10 signatures reached