IT is the start of another year in the fight to secure the future of St John's Church in Kates Hill, Dudley, a campaign the Bugle has been following for several years.
The dawn of a new year seems to have brought fresh optimism, and Deb Brownlee, Chair of the Preservation Group, has been in touch to appeal to Bugle readers.
"We're delighted to inform Bugle readers that all the campaigning and hard work may finally be about to pay off," writes Deb.
She continues, "However, before we can say it's done we need to call upon the goodwill of those following our cause in the Bugle to help us by writing letters or emails of support for the official proposal for the church building to be passed to us.
"This final consultation is the real deal, because if the proposed scheme is sufficiently supported it will be enacted, and we would just have the terms of the lease to agree, and much of that has already been discussed in quite some detail."
Professor Carl Chinn is the patron of the group, and he said recently, "I believe St John's Church Preservation Group will bring the church building back to life for the local and wider community, and I urge people to get writing their letters and emails of support.
"The Group and their supporters have held on to their faith of eventual success during the past seven years of campaigning, and at last they can see victory just a short distance away. A great and historic project is awaiting the final green light, amber is shining brightly and now just needs one last push of local support."
To register your support before Monday, 17th February, 2014, contact the Church Commissioners; by email katie.lowe@churchofengland .org (please remember to include your name and address), or by letter to Katie Lowe, Pastoral, Church House, Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3AZ.