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Old convent to close its doors

AN HISTORIC convent - that celebrated its 160th anniversary last year - will be closing this month.

AN HISTORIC convent - that celebrated its 160th anniversary last year - will be closing this month.

The Poor Clare community, based at Baddesley Clinton, has dwindled in size and only four nuns now live there.

Tomorrow (Saturday), a service will be held - with the Archbishop of Birmingham, Rev’d Bernard Longley, presiding.

A spokeswoman said that the decision to disperse the convent, founded in the mid-19th century, was taken with “great sadness”.

“The very fact that we were able to celebrate our 160th anniversary is partly a tribute to the wonderful care and support we have received over many years.”

It was 1850 when a group of six sisters, from Bruges, made their home in Rising Lane, Baddesley.

Like many convents across the UK, it has fallen victim to a reduced number of women taking the vocation.

The Mass of Thanksgiving will take place at Poor Clare’s at 11am.

 

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