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Celebrating 750 years of church

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18 OCT

Celebrating 750 years of church

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A WEEKEND of celebrations will mark the 750th year of a village church. The congregation at St Margaret's Church at Draycott-in-the-Moors have organised a special day dedicated to the building's history. And a special service acknowledging the church's place at the heart of the community will be held with the Rt Rev Geoff Annass, the Bishop of Stafford, as a special guest.

The History Open Day will take place on Saturday, October 20 within the church itself from 1pm.
Parishioner, Tony Fletcher, said: “We’re having a 750 year celebration of the church and everybody is most welcome to come and join us.
“On the History Open Day we will be laying out some of the documentary evidence of the church going back for hundreds of years as well as visits from local historians Lev Wood Snr and Matthew Pointon.
“On the Sunday the service will be led by the Rev Jonathan Roberts but we’re glad to welcome the Rt Rev Bishop Annas as well.”
The history day will showcase the impact the church has had on the community of Draycott-in-the-Moors since it was built in the 13th Century.
Author Matthew Pointon wrote a book about the village entitled A History of the Parish of Draycott-en-le-Moors which outlines a ‘fascinating story from the earliest times up to the present day.’
The funding to get the book published was provided by Draycott Parish Council and sales from the tome raised more than £700 divided between St Margaret’s and St Mary’s RC Church at Cresswell.
Levison Wood Snr is a keen military historian and active member of Blythe Bridge, Forsbrook and Dilhorne Historical Society.
Both men will be helping visitors to the church learn more about its rich history and discover how it has affected the area over the centuries.
Refreshments will be available on the day.
The special service on Sunday is at 10am at the church and is a celebration for all who value the place St Margaret’s has held in the village.
All are welcome to attend and refreshments will be served afterwards in the church hall.

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