Downham Methodist Church celebrates half-century

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As its 50th anniversary looms, Downham Methodist Church is celebrating with a garden party, a flower festival and an evening of theatrical entertainment.

The weekend of Friday, July 15 to Sunday, July 17 marks 50 years since the formal opening of the church but events to celebrate this “golden year” have been ongoing from January, with something organised for each month.

A garden party hosted at the Paradise Road church will be held on Saturday, June 25th from 2pm until 4pm including strawberry teas, stalls, games and live music.

Church member Maureen Hibling said: “This is open to all and we would particularly like to see any people who have had any connection with the Church over the past 50 years.

“There will also be a reunion of the youth club from the 1960s.”

On the anniversary weekend (from Friday, 15 to Sunday, 17) a flower festival will be displayed throughout the church building where, on the Saturday, an art exhibition will also be featured by local artists.

To mark this significant year more permanently, a flower bed featuring a cross and the number 50 has been planted at the front of the church.

Downham Methodist Church was built in 1966 following a decision to sell three chapels in the town and construct a new purpose-built one.