Thistleton Church, Rutland - St Nicholas' Church
Discussions took place in 2015/16 about the status of the church. To recap briefly, the future of the church was under threat due to the small size of the congregation and the lack of sufficient people on the PCC to look after the church. Questionnaires were sent to every home in the village; more than half replied and over 90% said they would like the church to stay fully licensed but become a Chapel Of Ease. This would mean merging with a neighbouring parish and losing the status of a parish church, but it would be able to remain fully open. The "Friends of Thistleton Church" would take on responsibility for raising funds for running costs and maintaining the fabric of the church. Cottesmore Church was happy to merge.
Following discussions with the Church Commissioners, this new scheme came into effect on 1st April 2017.
More information about Thistleton Church can be found on the website: http://friendsofthistletonchurch.weebly.com