St Mary the Virgin in Wanstead will remain open, it was agreed by the Parochial Church Council (PCC) at a meeting on 7 November 2018.

Following detailed presentations, including from the ‘Save St Mary’s’ group, 18 of the PCC’s 22 members voted to seek permission from the Bishop of Chelmsford to move to a new pattern of worship under a Festival Church model from 4 February 2019. This would see St. Mary’s move from weekly worship to a festival pattern of special and significant services in addition to other events through the year.

The decision follows an extended consultation period over the summer. Over 200 worshippers and members of the local community wrote in with their views.