St. John's Church, Ysbyty Ifan

Campaigners are hoping to save St John’s Church in Ysbyty Ifan in Gwynedd, which the now extremely well known charity – St John’s Ambulance - is named after, as part of the Order of St John. The church was historically located on a busy medieval pilgrim route and a hospice was first established there by the Hospitaller Knights of St John of Jerusalem in 1190 and provided pilgrims with refreshment, rest and spiritual care.

The church closed in October due to dwindling congregations, however campaigners say it is an important historical location and want to preserve the building.

The Friends of the Church of St John has been set up and are in discussions with the Church in Wales as to how the building can be preserved.

A spokesman for the Church in Wales said: "We are in the early stages and the nature of any future arrangements are not yet clear. But we will certainly work with the community representatives to see what can be achieved - this may involve outright sale or lease of the building. The precise use of the building will also become clearer as the community considers future options."