Our annual Forum social evening took place at Dukinfield Town Hall on the evening of Friday 18th November guests began to arrive 7.30pm onwards.
The event was very well attended, as members and friends jostled for seats. Our social event coincidentally was to share an 88th birthday of great supporter and friend to all Mr Harry Lever.
Harry had arranged the brass band from St. John`s Droylsden to entertain the group for the evening.
MP David Hayes was guest of honour, and an announcement was made to welcome our member of parliament who had agreed to be our President in the coming year.
We also had a quiz arranged by Stephen Fisher, the excellent supper was a potato pie which was also very well received.
The evening continued with an auction which raised a few coffers to go into our Court Leet Chair fund. Just before close of play the raffle was drawn, thanks and speeches were made and everyone agreed it had been a splendid evening.
Tameside Heritage Fair 1st October 2011 at Albion URC
This EVENT was an unqualified success and here are some photographs to remember the day.
As you can see Dukinfield Town Hall is a prestigious venue and we want to thank the staff for all the help they offered. We were also exceptionally fortunate in getting a hub to the internet and the loan of four laptop computers, so the Family History Demonstrations were 'live' on the day. The catering staff also worked hard on the day, providing drinks and light lunches and snacks.
Thank you to Christine for keeping us organised and to everyone who volunteered on the day for making this such a successful event.
Christine Clough, MC for the day, and Harry Lever at 8.00am getting the day started.
Members of the Forum were invited to a very special event today. Old Chapel, Dukinfield celebrated their Tercentenary with a special service where H.R.H. the Earl of Wessex KG KCVO had been invited to unveil a plaque.
DUKINFIELD UNITARIANS AT OLD CHAPEL CELEBRATE 300 YEARS OF THEIR FIRST CHAPEL 1707 2007
Dukinfield Unitarians were delighted when they were visited by The Earl Wessex KC KCVO on Tuesday 3 July as part of their celebrations to recognise 300th anniversary of the first dissenting chapel on Chapel Hill, Dukinfield. The Earl with the Lord Lieutenant and the Sheriff of Greater Manchester, and his wife, participated in a service led by the Rev Dr Vernon Marshall during which Janet Ford, Chapel Warden and Chair of Trustees, Dawn Buckle gave two readings outlining the history of the Chapel from 1707 to the present day. Organist, Barry Shaw, a children’s choir from three local primary schools and young people from the Old Chapel Sunday school provided music during the service. The choir sang the hymn ‘Father, lead me day by day’ written by the Rev John Page Hopps who ministered at Dukinfield from 1863-69. The congregation sang lustily, ‘Together now we join as one’ by the Rev Cliff Reed, which outlines the tenets of the Unitarian faith, and ‘There’s a chapel on the hilltop’ written by the late C William Pugh, specifically for the congregation and sung to the tune Blaenwern. At the close of the service Prince Edward unveiled a plaque commemorating the first chapel on the site.
He then spent sometime in the school hall viewing an exhibition of the chapel history, accompanied by Dawn Buckle, and meeting with officers, members and young people of the congregation, and guests who included GA President the Rev Celia Midgley, Vice President Joyce Ashworth, members of the Executive Committee, officers of the East Cheshire Union and North West Provincial Assembly, the Mayor of Tameside and local councillors. The Earl expressed interest in the dissenting tradition, the way the GA was organised and the children’s work in Sunday school. His friendly and attentive manner charmed everyone.
After signing the visitors’ book and being presented with two books on Unitarianism written by the present minister and the Minister Emeritus the Rev Dr David Doel, the Earl took his leave. After which, friends and visitors were treated to a sumptuous buffet.
Altogether a delightful occasion.
left to right Gay Oliver, Christine Clough, Dawn Buckle, Alan Rose
Heritage Open Days 2005! Click Here for details of HODS 2005. HODS 2005 saw 1801 vistors, but 2006 was judged a major success with 4149 adults and 915 children visiting 25 separate venues, involving 274 volunteers on the day.
By 2009 visitors had risen to well over 6,000 over the weekend - congratulations to all the volunteers who made this possible.