125th anniversary of church to be marked by a flower festival

St James's Church, Shireshead
St James's Church, Shireshead

The 125th anniversary of St James Church at Shireshead, Forton, will be celebrated this weekend with a bumper programme of events.

The Bishop of Lancaster the Right Rev Geoff Pearson, who is associate priest at the church, will welcome visitors to a two-day flower festival.

The church will be open on Saturday from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday from noon to 5pm for the festival.

On Sunday morning the church’s ministry team will lead the 10am morning service.

On Sunday afternoon there will be a garden party in the bishop’s garden at the Whinney Brow vicarage, which will be officially opened at 1pm by Forton rose queen Ellen Oliver.

There will be side stalls, games and a raffle. Light refreshments and afternoon teas will be served all weekend.

The celebrations will continue with a special confirmation service on St James’ Day, Friday, July 25, led by the Bishop of Blackburn, the Right Rev Julian Henderson.

The following day there will be a craft exhibition from 2 to 5pm with afternoon teas served in the bishop’s garden.

Finally, on Sunday, July 27, there will be an outdoor songs of praise service in the churchyard of St Paul’s at Forton, with Pilling Silver Band, Refreshments will be available.

St Paul’s pre-dates St James’s and is no longer used as a church. It will be signposted from St James’s.