Save Our Churchyard

In recent weeks, 38 Degrees members have been putting pen to paper in support of St. Johns Churchyard in Guildford, which is under threat of redevelopment.

Donna Collinson is heading the petition to save St. Johns Churchyard, and has already brought in 1,584 signatures. Here’s what she has to say about the campaign:

‘St. Johns Church – listed in the Domesday book – has horrified the Guildford community by seeking to sell its west churchyard for development.

The churchyard is an area of timeless beauty, an oasis of green in a frenetic place, full of bird song and wildlife. With an informal layout of trees – Seven of which are protected by Tree Preservation Orders for their beauty – which people care deeply about in the heart of the community.

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On 8th April we plan to seize the day and hand our petition in, ahead of the Oral Hearing on April 22nd, when church commissioners will decide to save or sell the churchyard.

It is imperative we have a large turnout at the Public Oral Hearing to show the strength of feeling within the Guildford community in order to influence the commissioners, and we’d love to invite you along.

Please email rex.andrew@churchofengland.org to let him know you are coming to Westminster by 8th April.’

Sign and share the petition to show your support for Donna and the Guildford community:

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If there’s an issue close to your heart that you’d like to campaign on, you can set up your own petition here