A community has been asked to help decide what to do with the site of a derelict church after it is demolished.
Stanley St Peter’s Church has been empty for around 11 years, and church bosses are expected to have it knocked down next year.
They have launched a consultation in the village to find out what people would like to see at the site following the demolition.
The vicar, Bill Henderson, said he hoped a lasting legacy for the village could be created at the site.
Rev Henderson said: “Although it will be very sad to lose the old church, this is a great opportunity for the whole village to come together and decide what they want on the site that will be a legacy for Stanley and a lasting memory for all of us, for now, and for our future generations.”
Ideas already suggested for the site, where an existing war memorial will be preserved, include a wild flower garden, a prayer path and picnic area with seating.
Posters have been put up around the village, and leaflets are being distributed to households.
A public drop-in will be held at St Peter’s Church Centre, on Lock Lane, from noon-7pm on Tuesday, October 29, and an exhibition of the most popular ideas for the site is planned before a final decision is made.
Ideas can also be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org