A wonderful week of events to celebrate the 300th anniversary of their church’s existence in Grimsargh has been enjoyed by members and friends of St Michael’s Church.
There were walks, talks and performances for a week which began with groups decorating the church with colourful displays.
Chief organiser Jayne Woollam was delighted so many organisations joined together to bring the community into the church, she said: “We want to express our gratitude to the various clubs and organisations who have supported our celebrations, including pre-school, Weight Watchers, WI, Guides, primary school, Mothers’ Union, Friends of Grimsargh Green and the jigsaw, coffee, gardening and young at heart clubs.
“We have had more than 200 visitors during the course of the week, as well as the children of the primary school and pre-school. We are delighted so many people commented on the beauty of the displays and the warmth of the welcome they received.
“A special thank you must be given to the tercentenary committee, whose members have worked tirelessly throughout the year to ensure this week of celebrations has been such a huge success.”
Celebrations began with a churches together service conducted by the Archdeacon of Lancaster, Rev Michael Everitt, and the week’s highlights included a guided historical walk and village history talk by David Hindle; a Lancashire evening organised by the Mothers’ Union and a talk on The Oils of the Bible.
Rafters were raised when more than 120 people enjoyed a family ceilidh and the climax was the service when Bishop of Blackburn, Rt Rev Julian Henderson, inspired a packed congregation with words of encouragement and wisdom, during which the new Mothers’ Union banner was dedicated, followed by a lunch with friends. Grimsargh St Michael’s This is Your Life was the final event when parishioners told the story of the church’s life in music and drama and Lord Horam of Grimsargh regaled the audience with anecdotes of his early life in the village. St Michael’s vicar, Rev Chris Halliwell, said: “Grimsargh as a community is growing and we are delighted Grimsargh folk have marked the church as part of their community, acknowledging 300 years of a church being on this site.”