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ApolloClubHopeHarleston750Razing of Harleston club despite church campaign

South Norfolk’s Hope Church campaigned to save a disused club in Harleston so it could be turned into a church and community facility, but as diggers move in and demolish the building the church declares no hard feelings.

An online petition set up by Hope Church to stop the demolition of the Apollo Church in Harleston received 945 signatories but the building has been demolished anyway.   

Hope Church already holds Sunday services in Harleston at the Archbishop Sancroft High School and would like a more permanent base where they can further serve the community.  The church raised funds to purchase the disused club, but the offer at the full asking price was refused.

Graham Blake, Hope Church Team Leader,  said: “When the Apollo was put on the market for a guide price of £380k we offered the full asking price. Members of the church had pledged about £170k within two weeks. But they basically came back and said we don’t want to sell. The reason is because they want to knock it down and redevelop it for retirement homes.”

Talking to Diss Mercury, Graham said: "From our point of view we tried all options to try to get hold of that place and keep it open but they just weren't willing to engage with us".

"There is no resentment about it. We are just disappointed because we wanted to have the conversation but that was taken out of our hands."

To read more of the Diss Mercury article click here. 

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