St Just Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, “The Miners’ Cathedral” will finally close its doors at 12 midnight on Thursday 31st August 2017 for the last time.
That is the time scale the Church Council agreed on at a meeting held on Friday 4th March 2016; unless in that time it is able to find an alternative use, options being considered include being part of an umbrella organisation perhaps celebrating the Mining Heritage of St Just, the Methodism heritage, family history, local business history, performance centre, café, shop, art & craft exhibitions, workshops, play space, rehearsal space. St Just grew from the mines, and therefore it should still have a large presence as part of the Tin Coast.
All services, meetings, concerts, weddings, funerals, baptisms will take place as normal until that date.
However, this date will not mean the end of Methodism in St Just just the fact that the Church Council cannot continue to maintain the building on the income generated.
The minimum of repairs will be carried out on the roof leaving the building wind and water tight. It is with great regret for the town that this iconic building could potentially be left boarded up and fenced off.