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The Baily East building has been made safe after an overnight fire in October 2015 destroyed its roof — the listed grey stone building with the tall brick chimney. The fire was a setback for the Beckery Island Regeneration Trust’s plan to refurbish it for use by startup businesses.
Only one plot at the 31-acre Morland site is still vacant. Reports last summer suggested an Aldi supermarket or a Citroen garage would be built there.
Following the internal reordering of St Benedict’s Church, the boundary wall of the churchyard has received attention from Mendip council, where damaged coping stones have been replaced.
The churchyards at both St Benedict’s and St John’s are “closed” — meaning they are no longer used for burials — and the local authority is responsible for maintaining them.