A PUBLIC consultation event will take place next month after a Hoyland church requested to suspend its services.

St Andrew’s Church, based on Market Street, was built by two local traders John Hague and Charles Firth in September 1890.

It was revealed last week the church will cease to hold services from March 31.

A consultation event will take place on April 25, with residents encouraged to attend to put forward their views on the next steps.

A spokesperson for the Diocese of Sheffield said: “We would like to invite you to a community consultation to discuss the future of the church building.

“This community consultation will take place on April 25 at 6.30pm at St Andrew’s. The church is not currently legally closed, but has requested a suspension of services.

“Church closures are a lengthy and legal process and we are just at the beginning of exploring this, we welcome the community’s input into its future.

“If you have any questions please contact the Diocese of Sheffield at pa.archdeacon.doncaster@Sheffield.anglican.org.”

It’s understood that the strong preference would be for options that allowed the building to be used as a place of worship or to be used by the community.

There are no plans to sell the church or the land although that cannot be ruled out if a viable and sustainable alternative cannot be identified during the consultation period.