11:02am Wednesday 11th September 2013
HISTORIC churches across Halesowen and Cradley will be open to the public this Saturday as part of the Festival of Churches weekend.
Halesowen Parish Church, St Margaret’s Church Hasbury and St Peter’s Church in Cradley are all taking part in the festival which is part of the national Heritage Buildings Open weekend.
On Saturday St Peter’s Church, Cradley, will be open from 11am until 4pm and there will be a host of activities for the family including bell ringings, an art exhibition by the Foot and Mouth Painters, barbecue and a heritage trail.
Reverend Katryn Leclézio said: “St Peter’s has a rich local history beginning its life as a Countess of Huntingdon Connexion Chapel before becoming a Church of England Parish Church, ten years later. “Throughout this time the church has contributed to the well-being of Cradley in many ways.”
Genealogy fans will also be able to search through Microfiche records of all burials in the churchyard at a stand manned by The Friends of Cradley Library.
Rev Leclézio added: “We will also be showing the plans of one of our big projects is to make our churchyard more accessible to the public and we are developing a Memorial Orchard soon to begin planting. “And throughout the day, the church bell tower will be open for tours with the bell ringers hoping to provide a workshop on ringing hand bells.”
St John’s Church (Halesowen Parish Church) will be open on Saturday from 10am until 4pm giving the public the chance to have some refreshments and learnt about the church’s place in the town’s history.
St Margaret’s Hasbury from 10am until 4pm and on Sunday 1.30pm until 5pm and are holding various activities including arts and crafts, flower demonstrations and choral displays.
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