Ascot church kicks off 150th birthday celebrations

Published: 24 May 2014 12:300 comments

AN ASCOT church will celebrate its 150th anniversary by holding a series of events.

All Saints, based in London Road, is hosting activities to celebrate its birthday, including a flower festival this bank holiday weekend, from Saturday to Monday.

On Sunday, a commemorative 150th anniversary service at 10.30am will be led by Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Rev John Pritchard, with guests from across the parish invited.

Father Darrell Hannah, the church’s rector, says it marks an important time for the church and it gives a chance to not only look to the past but also the future.

He said: “It is a time for us to celebrate the 150 years of the church. Not only that, it is also a time where we can look forward to the future and look at what we can support and achieve.

“Part of that is our continued support to the community projects we help with in the Gambela region in Ethiopia and others going forward. We want to welcome everyone along to all the events throughout the year, both parishioners and people who are not regular churchgoers.

“It is a special time for us and we want to celebrate it in the best way possible.”

The church will celebrate its official birthday on Monday – 150 years to the day since it was first established.

On Sunday, June 8, there will be an afternoon concert in the church while during Royal Ascot week (June 17-21) the church will offer hospitality to all racegoers in a Victorian style.

On Saturday, July 12, there will be the church’s annual summer fair, which will take place in and around the church and the rectory.

It will be held with a Victorian theme, to mark the era in which the church was born. To carry on the Victorian theme, a concert will be held at Papplewick School on Friday, July 18, and Saturday, July 19.

In September and October there will be two church choir festivals, before celebrations are rounded off with a closing commemorative service on November 2.

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