Children plant 300 daffodils to mark church anniversary

St Michael's Church, Grimsarg. Picture by Julian Brown

St Michael's Church, Grimsarg. Picture by Julian Brown

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Preparations for the 300th anniversary of Grimsargh St Michael’s Church continue apace.

Children of St Michael’s Primary School will plant 300 daffodil bulbs in the churchyard later this month and it is hoped they will put on a magnificent show next spring when the church’s tricentenary celebrations will be in full swing.

Please keep searching for old photos of the church...and if you would like to give a donation to help us fund some of our events please contact... or if you have any ideas for events, please let us know and we’ll try to accommodate them

Jayne Woollam

Organisers of the celebration are planning a varied calendar of events, which they hope will appeal to everyone, including concerts, parties, displays, competitions, drama, dances, talks and sponsored walks.

Besides planting the bulbs, the primary school children are also preparing a time-line which will adorn the walls of the church, reflecting how life has changed over 300 years in the village.

Grimsargh-based author and parishioner David Hindle has written a booklet on the history of the church and it is hoped this will be ready for publication in the not too distant future.

Parishioner Kevan Thompson has been working on a beautiful calendar depicting the church, and again, it is hoped this will on sale before the end of the year.

Jayne Woollam, one of the organisers, said: “We want the whole community to get involved with our celebrations and, therefore, we have approached every organisation in the village, asking each group to decorate a window or pillar in the church. We are planning a series of concerts and events throughout the year, but the main week of celebrations will start around September 10, culminating on the 18th with a visit from the Bishop.

“A calendar of events will be available shortly, but one for diaries is Sunday, May 1, when the church is hosting A Night at the Opera.”

Jayne added: “Please keep searching for old photographs of the church...and if you would like to give a donation to help us fund some of our events please contact... or if you have any ideas for events, please let us know and we’ll try to accommodate them.”

It is hoped to hold an event a month leading up to the main celebratory week.