Each poppy , prepared by the children, had the name of one of the men from St James’ church who gave their lives in the two world wars. These were added to by the congregation on Remembrance Sunday as they remembered members of their own families affected by war or by death in some other way.
On August 4th, 1914 Britain declared war on Germany and thus began our nation’s involvement in the First World War. As part of the commemoration of 100 years since this event, St Stephen’s congregation, most of whom have connections with the families who lost loved ones, held a commemorative service at the War Memorial and later a Vigil between 9pm and 11pm – the time at which war was declared.
As part of the commemoration a souvenir of the vigil has been produced and is being sold to raise funds for St Stephen’s Church. The cost of the souvenir is £5 and these can be obtained via the editorial team.
The first three pages of the souvenir have been reproduced here to give those who are interested an idea of what it contains.
St James’ war memorial names 74 parishioners who died in service during the First World War and 11 who died in service during the Second World War
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them
When you go home tell them of us and say –
For your tomorrow we gave our today
It was agreed that the North Blackburn Group of Churches [now CTNB] procession take place on Trinity Sunday with the Salvation Army band. Mrs Mary Edwards was willing to give guidance on a design for the altar frontal. Special thanks were given to Miss Nellie Slater and Mr. Robin Whalley for mid-week assistance to the Treasurer.
It was announced that the former long-standing Secretary, Mr Cyril Duerden, had by his Will bequeathed his Certificate of Appointment as Councillor and Secretary Emeritus to St. James’ Church, together with a one third share of his residuary estate. A payment on account had already been received. The bequest was expressed to be for the general purposes of the church and the Finance Committee was asked to make recommendations.
The PCC had applied for membership of the National Society (Church of England) for Promoting Religious Education.
Mrs Truswell, cleaner and verger, was unwell and a reserve cleaner was being sought to assist at weddings “of which there were quite a number coming up”.
A decanter had been accidentally broken and an insurance claim was being investigated. A clock in the vestry was broken and not repairable. Two of the stained glass windows on the south side of the church had been broken from outside, one of them badly, and the provision of new protection sheets was being looked into.
In connection with development at the West end of the church, more donations were coming in to the Development Fund. The Vicar had spoken to the architects about drawing up proper plans. The Fabric Committee was to itemise the features we required.
Mr. Harry Ellison had been considering setting up monthly meetings under the heading “Christians at Work” and also floating the idea with CTNB. Jo Hartley was trying to develop a “Laity at Work” group – a small gathering to explore the problems of being a Christian in particular kinds of work.
The St. James’ Day Tripper train excursion to Edinburgh had been a successful venture and a lovely day out. Grateful thanks were expressed to Ian Stocks and the Train Committee.
The Vicar gave details of improvements made, or to be made, to the school hall, thanks to the work of the Parents and Friends Group. These included a permanent slide screen, new curtains, handrail down the path and improvements to the central heating.
Mrs Joan Sinnett announced that the CTNB Whalley Abbey retreat would take place in July; there would be 20 tickets for each church.
The Vicar [Rev’d, later Canon, David Robinson] reported that the Stewardship Campaign had been a great success and £4,620 per year had been promised. Thanks were expressed to the members of the steering committee for their leadership.
Ecclesiastical Insurance had recommended an increase in the sum insured for the church building and vicarage from £75,000 to £100,000.
The late Mr Wilfred Bradley had left one half of his residuary estate to the PCC and the Vicar and Finance Committee were asked to report back on how the money should be used.
Decorations and repairs in the sanctuary had been completed. The Mothers’ Union was thanked for its contribution of £207 towards the Carpet Fund. [We haven’t always had a carpet; the chancel was carpeted first.]
The offer of John Parkes to erect a new church notice board on the corner of St. James’s Road and Cromer Place was accepted with thanks.
To avoid Christian Stewardship envelopes being left in church, it was resolved that a wall safe be installed in the church porch.
The Vicar reported that the two major agenda items at the recent Diocesan Conference were Anglican/Methodist conversation and the Diocesan Quota.