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Sample Sale's history on National Heritage Open Day
12:00pm Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
THE parish church of St Paul in Sale - which this year celebrates its 130th anniversary - will be throwing open its doors on September 14, as part of National Heritage Open Day.
There will be a fascinating display entitled ‘A walk down School Road’. This will comprise old photographs that will take visitors on a ‘journey’ down School Road over the years In the church hall throughout the day there will be a Victorian afternoon tea, nd between 1pm to 3pm there will be a barbecue on the south lawn, along with strawberries and cream.
There will be performances at 11am by Sale Handbell Ringers and at 1.30pm ‘Ye Olde Traditional Morris Men’ will entertain, followed by the scout and guide band at 2.30pm.
The St. Paul’s Choir will also be make an appearance and sing requests. At 1pm and 2pm visitors can enjoy ‘Stories for all ages’, when professional storyteller Helen Stewart will spin yarns and weave tales for all.
Activities for Children and the young at heart will include traditional clowns ‘The Three Fiascos’;a Victorian dressing up box with lots of period costumes to be worn; and a variety of period games.
Parish archivist, Michael Riley, said: “Highlights of the day will include guided tours of the Church Tower and Belfry, and for those who enjoy watching ‘Who Do You Think You Are’, with an interest in family history, there will be an opportunity to view the parish registers.
“Along the canal tow path to the rear of the Church, Sale Cruising Club will be displaying some of their boats where we can climb aboard and see what comforts the narrow boat has to offer.
“There will be various exhibitions showing off many of St. Paul’s hidden gems, with displays of artefacts and vestments. Professor James Prescott Joule - the Father of the International Unit of Energy – will be making an appearance and telling us about some of his most exciting experiments.”
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