Let there be light… after parish is left in the dark
Sunday 11th March 2018 @ 12:28 by Nigel Skinner
Charlesworth Glossop Chronicle News

Canon Don Bowdren picked a perfect piece from the Bible when he turned up for a Chronicle photo shoot.

Written on the cardboard he held outside Charlesworth’s Church of the Immaculate Conception was ‘let there be light.’

The popular priest thought the verse from Genesis was particularly appropriate for a parish that’s been in the dark for more than two years.

After all, members of the Long Lane church have diced with death on winter nights ever since the light stopped shining.

Parishioner Tom Travis said: “The original street lamp was knocked down in a car accident in 2016.

“It must have been another year since a replacement went up and that’s never worked.

“A date was given for its connection, but many months later, the lamp still remains unconnected.

“It’s a vital street lamp which lights the parishioners’ way from the car park to the church gate.

“The situation could be viewed as a Health and Safety priority.

“Several elderly parishioners are nervous about taking the dangerous walk in the dark, across the busy road, which is close to a blind bend.”

Tired of nothing being done, Tom called in the Chronicle.

We contacted Electricity North West and it seems the big switch on could be on the way.

A company spokesman said: “Unfortunately there was a slight delay to ensure that the correct consents were in place for us to be able to carry out the work, which we discussed with the council (Derbyshire). The work is scheduled.”

SHINE A LIGHT: Canon Don Bowdren with the message for Electricity North West.