Christ Church Sowerby Bridge ready to celebrate Queen's Jubilee thanks to National Lottery

Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge has received more than £1600 from The National Lottery Community Fund, to help it mark the Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Christ Church has received the funding from The National Lottery Community Fund’s Awards for All Programme, which provides almost £80 million of National Lottery funding to local projects across the UK every year. 

This new grant from the National Lottery Community Fund will help the church mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and their own bi-centennial year, with a “Flower Festival of Hope”.  

The displays at the festival will reflect the Queen’s reign and her links to groups and events in Sowerby Bridge’s past, featuring artwork from local schools.  

It will showcase the talent in the community, using flowers, art, and sculpture, at a time of restoration while new opportunities are being created in the action zone. 

The Revd Canon Angela Dick said: “In the Bible, a Jubilee is an occasion to remind us that God created everything. 

“This is why we have chosen a flower theme for our exhibition. 

“Children from our local schools already visit the building with their teachers as part of enriching the basic curriculum.  

“This grant will be used to explore what a Jubilee is, through free artist-led workshops, and we’d like to thank National Lottery players for their contributions to the cost of materials. 

“We hope this event will encourage more people to visit their local parish church and be inspired by our community’s creativity.”  

Christ Church’s Grade II listed building is a well-known landmark, providing a calm oasis at the centre of the Sowerby Bridge conservation area. 

Through the faith and witness of its members it aims to be a welcoming space on the high street for anyone to visit.  

It holds information on the history of the town, and provides opportunities to explore the Christian faith. 

It seeks to serve all those who live or work in the parish, enjoys good links with local schools and community groups, including being an active member of the Sowerby Bridge Heritage Action Zone Cultural Network. 

You can see the festival at Wharf Street Sowerby Bridge over the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend. 

Admission is free, with a café offering cream teas and home baking available throughout the weekend. 

The opening times can be found below, and please contact Helen Pedley, PCC Vice Chair, for more information, at info [at] or 01422 886195.

Thursday, June 2 – Monday, June 6
Thursday - Saturday: 10:00-15:00 
Sunday: 12:00-15:00 
Monday: 10:00-12:00

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