CELEBRATION OF THE ANNIVERSARY AND RENOVATION OF SHREWSBURY HIGH STREET UNITARIAN CHURCH.
This morning we attended the Unitarian Church in High Street for a service that was in celebration of the anniversary an renovation of the building. There has been meetings on this site since 1691. The building of the first Chapel measured some 50 x 29n feet and was built in the garden of behind two houses reached by a narrow passage or Shut under one of the houses. The garden was owned by the Presbyterian Richard Price and the Chapel had been a timber store by a Thomas Oliver who was a wood turner and occupied one of the houses fronting the High Street. The Church was enlarged in 1703 by joining together two houses, it was then raised to ground during an anti Presbyterian riots on the5th to 8th July 1715. The Government paid builder Samual Dod £429.16s and half pence to have it rebuilt and re-licensed and was reopend by 1718. The Government also paidfor the Coat of Arms of George 1 that hangs above the pulpit. This was intended as a reminder to the town that the law of the land did not permit the destruction of churches. The clock in the Church dates from 1724 plus some of the oak panelling are all that remain of the old building.
Todays Preacher was Mr Neville Kenyon, who caused a smile from my wife and myself when he quoted something about a Mayor he had spoken to who had a Blog, Mr Kenyon stated something along the lines that it shows that Mayors must have plenty of time to spare. I wish!!, I also took great pleasure to inform Mr Kenyon that I also had a blog but normally did not get around to write it up until well after 10pm, as I do not have time before and it is normal for me to publish it onto the site between midnight and 1am.
The Unitarian Church does not have a resident Minister but they are well served by visiting Speakers who are retired Ministers or Lay people. The services commence at 10.30am.
Time for a quote to try and explain what the Unitarian Church Service offers: “For us worship takes many forms in the belief that variety exists at the centre of a rich spiritual life, We experience prayer, meditation, poetry, discussion, music and some times silence at our meetings”.
Please click on the following link to go to the Unitarian Church Web-site. Thank you.
Afterwards we went up into the school room where we were invited to have some lunch, as we ate we were able to have some really meaningfull discussions on all topics before we had to leave.
Please have a look at the MAYORS CHARITY SPRING BALL page as I have added a preview of what the menu of the evening should look like. Please click on the following link to take you there. Thank you.
A COLUMN IN THE SHREWSBURY CHRONICLE EVERY WEEK
A feature all about good positive stories, a must read if you want to put a smile on your face and be Proud of Shrewsbury, and become Part of the Team.
Make sure you get your copy this week and read the article. Thank You. Tony
Please remember to keep ane eye on the Mayors Charity Spring Ball Page. you can get to it through the menu bar at the top on my page just under the picture of the castle flower bed that my wife and I designed for the Battle of Shrewsbury 600th anniversary. Thank you Tony.
ON-LINE CAR PARKING SURVEY
Please click on the link below to take part in my survey, it will open in another window. I am interested in what you think and trust you to answer with your true feelings. The survey is not part of any official consultation for either Shrewsbury Town Council or Shropshire Council, but is just my own thoughts and questions of what I personally feel need answering, you will only be able to vote once from your PC. I just ask that you please take a look and let me know your answers to my questions. Thank You. Tony