A church reaches its tercentenary milestone

Ron Woollam, who played the part of the late Eamonn Andrews in the Grimsargh St Michael's Church's version of  'This is Your Life.'
Ron Woollam, who played the part of the late Eamonn Andrews in the Grimsargh St Michael's Church's version of 'This is Your Life.'

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.

The week of 300th celebrations at Grismargh St Michael's Church attracted visitors from near and far.

The week of 300th celebrations at Grismargh St Michael's Church attracted visitors from near and far.

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.

A display for Grimsargh St Michael's Church Tercentenary celebrations.

A display for Grimsargh St Michael's Church Tercentenary celebrations.

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.”

Members of Grimsargh St Michael's Mothers' Union with their new banner which was dedicated during the Grimsargh St Michael's tercentenary celebrations.

Members of Grimsargh St Michael's Mothers' Union with their new banner which was dedicated during the Grimsargh St Michael's tercentenary celebrations.

A packed Grimsargh St Michael's Church pictured during the week of tercentenary celebrations.

A packed Grimsargh St Michael's Church pictured during the week of tercentenary celebrations.

Neil Maudsley bell ringing during the Grimsargh St Michael's Church tercentenary celebrations.

Neil Maudsley bell ringing during the Grimsargh St Michael's Church tercentenary celebrations.

The band pictured during the Grimsargh St Michael's Ceilidh to celebrate the church's tercentenary.

The band pictured during the Grimsargh St Michael's Ceilidh to celebrate the church's tercentenary.

Enjoying the Grimsargh St Michael's Church tercentenary celebrations.

Enjoying the Grimsargh St Michael's Church tercentenary celebrations.