A church congregation in Ravensthorpe is taking a trip down Memory Lane ahead of its 150th anniversary.
A string of celebrations including a flower festival and balloon release, are now planned to mark the important role St Saviour’s Church in Ravensthorpe has played in community life.
Kathleen Thornton, who has worshiped at the church for 63 years, said: “We’ve been looking at old pictures of the church, some which were found by Fr Paul Atkinson when he joined the church last October.
“A fantastic picture was uncovered which we now know shows the first vicar of Ravensthorpe, the Rev William Chantler Whitehead. He came back to the church for the diamond anniversary.
“He was in his 80s at the time and was pushed around the village in a bath chair by some boy scouts.
“I’ve also traced a picture in the archives which shows the inside of our church dating back to before 1899. We know this because the church was extended in 1899 and the altar was moved to what is now the Lady Chapel.”
Other events include a flower festival in the church launching on Thursday September 18.
Kathleen added: “We are also hosting a flower festival which will show the early years of the village when there were just wheat fields around here. Then the Calder and Hebble Canal was built, which really cemented the village.
“The canal was followed by the mills, including Ravens Ing Wharf which is now Lawtons and still makes yarn today.”
The flowers going on display in the festival will be used to show other developments in the village. They include one to represent the clergy of the church, another for the war memorial, scouts and guides and the changes in education.”
The celebrations will culminate on Sunday September 21 with a charity balloon race at 5.30pm at The Greenwood Centre Park.
The photos of the origins of the church will form part of a display at Dewsbury West Community Centre as part of an exhibition.
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