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Villagers object to building plans of 'insular' evangelical group

Tue 17 Jan 2017
By Premier Journalist

Locals from a village in Cheshire have written to their council to oppose plans for the building of a new evangelical meeting hall over fears the group are too 'insular'.

Villagers from Mobberley, have said that members of the ultra-conservative group, the Exclusive Brethren, "are likely to have little or no involvement or integration with the local community".

The group, also known as the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, have 17,000 members in the UK.

Members are encouraged to avoid watching television, going to the cinema and listening to the radio in order to avoid sin.

The proposed meeting hall would have a capacity of at least 500.

Neighbours worry that the group will not contribute to the local community because members "are discouraged from contact with those not belonging to the Brethren".

But the group told the BBC that the rumours about their practices are untrue and that "interaction is extensive both in the workplace, towns we live and in our charitable work.

"Members live in ordinary residential areas and interact with society in a normal way."

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