Sunday we had two important services. The morning one was taken by our own Mike Crockett and included appropriately the annual covenant event. The special evening one was lead by Rev David Reddish who was our minister from 1968-1974 and so he was well placed to remember many characters of previous generations, many of whom remember the dawn of the current new buildings. His sermon mentioned the late Mrs Redfern, who was the last person alive to worship in the former chapel in Brimingham Road. She was always Mrs Redfern to all who knew her except Bob Drydren who used to call her by her first name Vicky, much to the embarrassment of everyone else it seems. David remembered her displays of lilies at Easter time which were always stunning. Many attended the service and reminisced afterwards with coffee and cakes in the schoolroom. Many commented on the newspaper cutting of the same Rev. David Reddish back in 1971 along with Mrs Redfern.
The display of the Sunday School activities and the memories of the "Bright Hour" and Womens Social Hour which ran from 1921 to early 1990's before evolving into the current unisex coffee mornings in more modern days. I wonder how many of the people who were at the opening service back in 1914 would believe our current church with its regular meetings throughout the week for numerous activities within the community, and surely we must be one of the few churches with an attached hairdressing salon.
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