Anglican Catholic Church

Canterbury Church Shop News

On Saturday 22nd November 2014 the Bishop informed the Diocesan Council of Advice that, with deep regret, the Canterbury Church Shop would be leaving Conquest House in Canterbury shortly after Christmas. The Pilgrims Refectory Cafe, which was opened in June 2013 (when the shop relocated from its original location), would be closing.

The Bishop, citing the considerable overheads of the historic building and a break clause in the 20 year lease playing a part in the decision, expressed his personal sadness and disappointment that the Shop would be leaving Canterbury.

He said "Since September 2010 the Canterbury Church Shop has sought to provide a service to Christian visitors and locals alike, supplying candles, Christian books, vestments and a range of tourist gifts focusing on Canterbury's Christian heritage."

The Bishop, as Chairman of the Board of Directors, extended his thanks and appreciation "to the many visitors and customers it has been our pleasure to serve." Adding, "It is a shame that the Shop's association with the Anglican Catholic Church has prevented some people from availing themselves of our service, but we are grateful to the considerable support we have received, both from the ACC and from many of our brothers and sisters in Christ in the wider Church."

Moving to happier news, the Bishop confirmed that the Shop itself would continue trading and be relocating to the High Street, Lydd, Kent, and would reopen as a showroom for the Shop's new website, to be launched in February 2015.

"We may, one day, return to Canterbury, but for the foreseeable future look forward to continuing to welcome customers to our online site, and to our new showroom in Lydd."

The Canterbury Church Shop is a privately owned Company, completely independent of the Anglican Catholic Church, Diocese of the United Kingdom.