Sowerby Bridge Spiritualist Church holds rededication service

Sowerby Bridge Spiritualist Church held a rededication service conducted by the President of The Spiritualist National Union, Minister David Bruton.

By Tom Scargill
Thursday, 24th March 2022, 11:50 am
Updated Thursday, 24th March 2022, 11:54 am
Kathryn Crossley and David Bruton (centre)
Kathryn Crossley and David Bruton (centre)

The church is the oldest purpose built lyceum (Sunday School for the SNU) in the UK, built in 1874.

Their doors had to be closed to the public during Covid restrictions, but contractors and volunteers have recently completed work to renovate the church and its buildings, which included plastering, painting and new soft furnishings.

The church presented Sowerby Bridge President, Kathryn Crossley, with flowers for over 30 years of service in this role.

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In attendance were dignitaries and officients of the local North Yorkshire District Council along with church members.

Mr Bruton talked about the history of the church, which in its heyday had over 100 members.

In years gone by, on the anniversary of the Church in June, a parade walked from Sowerby Bridge up to Norland Moor and a picnic was held.

Mr Bruton presented the keys of the church to Kathryn.

The church is now open again, and is particularly keen that people who were not being able to say goodbye to their loved ones during Covid now take the opportunity to do so through the church if they wish.