Church will celebrate its 100th year in style

CELEBRATIONS St James' Church, Milton
CELEBRATIONS St James' Church, Milton
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A CHURCH will mark its centenary year with a host of events and recitals.

St James’ Church, Milton Road, Milton, will reach its 100th birthday in July.

But Father Paul Armstead, parish priest at the church, has arranged for the celebrations to be held throughout the year rather than just on one day.

He said: ‘The centenary year gives us all a chance to celebrate the building.

‘It has a great history with it being a replacement of the original church which was deemed too small for the community.

‘And this year gives us the chance to show the community what we have.

‘It is a programme drawn up by people in the church and hopefully it will encourage people to come and discover this great building.

‘We have a whole list of varied events which I hope will interest many people.

‘For me, the climax of the year will be the anniversary day.’

Members of the church are particularly excited about an organ recital by Malcolm Archer, director of music at Winchester College.

Valerie England, choir member at St James’ Church, said: ‘We all cannot wait to see Malcolm Archer perform.

‘It will be a great privilege and we hope members from the church will enjoy it.

‘We have got so much going from recitals to fetes but, personally, I am looking forward to the organ recital, although I cannot forget about the service and the party that will follow it on our actual anniversary date.’

The anniversary is on July 25 and a special centenary mass will be held with Bishop Norman Banks, the Bishop of Richborough. Other planned events include a summer fete with stalls and entertainment on June 15 as well as two concert evenings.

One of the concerts is by Milton Glee Club whose members rehearse and perform at St James’ Church.

A flower festival has also been arranged which will take place from July 25 till July 28.

Tickets for the events will be available nearer the time of the event.

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