The ancient church of St Mary’s in Greasley, which is mentioned in the Domesday Book, opened its doors for a showcase open day that attracted big crowds.
The event was co-ordinated by church stalwarts Phil Dobson and Ian Wheeler and there was plenty for visitors to see with displays by groups including the Mothers’ Union, baby and toddlers, Christian Aid, Traidcraft and the Junior Church, among others.
One of the church’s historians, Doreen Lockett, “a fount of all knowledge” was on hand with an array of facts.
There was an exhibition of more than 400 photographs captured by local miner Anthony Kirby, who also displayed his impressive collection of mining memorabilia in the church hall.
There was also a collection of Biblical tomes and church registers of births, marriages and deaths and the church’s historical monuments and beautiful stained glass windows.
The church’s tower captain Don Beech escorted visitors to the bell chamber where he provided a fascinating insight into the art of campanology and in the church hall there was a wide variety of stalls and refreshments served up by the church’s social team led by Wendy Taylor.
Younger visitors enjoyed a bouncy castle, games, hook-a-duck, and an imaginative challenge presented by Katrine Hockenhull, Steve Henshaw and Janet Hedderly on a “Human Fruit Machine”.
The Rev Dave Marvin, the vicar of St Mary’s, paid tribute to his church members and volunteers who he said gave “their time and talents to provide a fascinating insight into Greasley Church and what it has to offer to the local community.”