CHORISTERS AND friends from Saddleworth St Chad’s came together for an afternoon of music to raise £335.25 for the church’s ‘Seeing is Believing’ project.
The church is aiming to raise around £300,000 for the renovation of their impressive stained glass windows, as well as work on the roof and tower of the Grade 2* listed building.
The church has been on the current site for 800 years and was rebuilt in 1830-33 with many of the internal features crafted by Uppermill architect George Shaw.
The project was officially launched in March with a service including special guests the Bishop of Middleton Mark Davies and then Mayor of Oldham Derek Heffernan.
At the service, Rev Canon Sharon Jones, Saddleworth Team Rector, told the congregation: “This is a pivotal moment in the life of the church here at St Chad’s.
“It is more than an old building and times gone by. It represents a visible presence of God in our community.
“This restoration and development proclaims afresh his love and is a renewal of our faith.”
An architect and quantitative surveyor have been appointed to the project, and numerous events have been held already to raise funds.
At the Musical Afternoon, there were performances by the 18-strong Church Choir, including four dedicated young choristers: Eleanor, Hannah, Elliot and Ethan.
As part of a special challenge at school, Eleanor offered to organise a concert to raise funds for the ‘Seeing is Believing’ project, and the afternoon was superb and well supported.
The music included instrumental performances by all the choristers with Elliot playing piano, Eleanor cornet, Hannah viola, piano and organ and Ethan soprano cornet. Elliot also agreed to be the compere and undertook this role with great aplomb!
Special guests included the Rev Canon Sharon Jones, who gave a great saxophone performance of ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’, ukulele group Ukeandoit and the Church Choir who sang two anthems.
The concert ended with a performance of Gail Randall’s lovely arrangement of ‘Take My Life’ beautifully sung by the Choristers.
Recently, more funds were presented to the ‘Seeing is Believing’ project, as the Friends of Saddleworth Church raised £1,220 with help of the 200 Club last year, in addition to the £1398.76 already presented for general maintenance.
There was also a cheque for £500 presented by the Church Choir and £5,000 from Cllr Pam Byrne, raised during her time as chairman of Saddleworth Parish Council in 2016-17.
Do you want to support the restoration and development project at St Chad’s? Come along to a coffee morning on the third Saturday of each month from 10am-11.30am at St Chad’s Parish Centre, Station Road, Uppermill. For more details contact Liz Rooke: 07980 419172.