Convent closure consultation to end tomorrow

Convent of Mercy in Alnwick
Convent of Mercy in Alnwick

All viable options will be considered before a final decision is taken on proposals to close an Alnwick convent, the Gazette has been told.

The Institute of Our Lady of Mercy is planning to shut St Mary’s Convent and Costello Centre on Bailiffgate, due to the dwindling number of sisters and their increasing need for care.

Convent of Mercy in Alnwick

Convent of Mercy in Alnwick

There are currently only six religious sisters in Alnwick and five members of staff.

Closure would end a tradition spanning more than 100 years after the Sisters of Mercy arrived in the town in 1890.

The consultation period closes tomorrow, but the decision-makers claim they will consider all suggestions.

The Institute’s business manager Robert Snelling said: “The Institute’s trustees will look at any other viable proposals or suggestions and at that point they will move this forward. We are still open to receiving suggestions.

“But this proposal is not about money. It is about the need to make sure that the elderly sisters are cared for in the most appropriate way, according to their needs.”

Anyone wanting to offer a suggestion should write to Institute of Our Lady of Mercy, Cemetery Road, Yeadon, Leeds, LS19 7UR.