Weekend of events for 150th anniversary

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Preparations are being put in place for a special 150th anniversary celebration at Albemarle Baptist Church.

The church, in Albemarle Crescent, was founded on June 4, 1865, and the building was opened in 1867.

It is hosting a celebration event on Saturday May 30 from noon to 4pm and there will be a service on Sunday May 31 at 3pm.

Church secretary Margaret Finch said: “We are having an exhibition in church as we still have items such as minute books from meetings, financial records, Sunday School records and photographs.

“We’re looking for anyone who has been involved in the church, or been married there, to get in touch is they have any information or pictures they’d like to share.”

The items will be displayed in church over the weekend to help celebrate its history.

On the Saturday, there will be music in church from two organists and a pianist, plus the Singalong Music Group.

There will be a number of stalls set up by groups who use the church, including the Breathe Easy Club, Sidewalk, Northern Lights Therapy Services, the church’s parent and toddler group, martial arts group, Baptist Missionary Society, craft group and knitting group.

Light refreshments including tea, coffee, juice, cake and biscuits will be served.

On Sunday at 3pm there will be a celebration service led by Reverend Julie Wardman.

Refreshments will be served at the end and there will be chance for people to look at the exhibition.

Margaret said: “We’re working hard to get everything in place and have been busy with the arrangements.

“The building is looking good too. We hope everyone will come along and enjoy it.”