Church in Gloucestershire forced to close its doors after 114 years because of repair bills. Cashes Green Methodist Church, in Etheldene Road, Stroud, was opened in 1901.

It faces a bill of tens of thousands of pounds to fix recent water damage.

Rev Simon Topping said it had been a “difficult decision” to make but maintaining the building had been a “struggle over a few years”.

Rev Topping, who is pastor at St Alban’s in Stroud as well as Amberley, Brimscombe, Chalford Hill and Randwick churches, said there had been a “significant problem” with water coming up through the floor of the Cashes Green church.

He told the BBC:”Experts have told us it’s going to be tens of thousands of pounds to get the work done.

“It’s been a difficult decision but the church has felt that spending that amount of money – particularly given the low usage of the church – was not a responsible use of money.”

The church held its last service on Sunday. Worshippers will now attend St Alban’s church.

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