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Butcher Bugs Church in Lancashire for Business - 14/09/2007
 
A Lancashire Methodist Church may be entering a new incarnation in the planning department bestows its benediction. The church is at Catforth in Lancashire and Michael Clarke, who has bought it, is awaiting approval for his application to use the church for meat processing and offices...

A Lancashire Methodist Church may be entering a new incarnation in the planning department bestows its benediction. The church is at Catforth in Lancashire and Michael Clarke, who has bought it, is awaiting approval for his application to use the church for meat processing and offices. Mr Clarke has traded at Preston indoor market since he left school in 1974. New catering contracts, including one with Blackburn Football Club, have seen him looking for new premises. Sites on industrial estates couldn’t compete with the church, which has stained glass windows and is less than a mile from his home. The church was put up for auction recently, but it attracted no bids. Mr Clarke has to wait a few weeks for the council to come to a decision on the application, “because nobody else wanted the buy the disused building” (Meat Trades Journal, September 2007). Mr Clarke remains sanguine. We expect he may have to parley with the local EHOs and with the Meat Hygiene Service, because even hallowed meat can carry some unholy microorganisms that could sabotage Blackburn Football Club’s chances as well as other consumers’ composure.
 
 
 

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