MEMBERS of an historic rural church will celebrate the 500th anniversary of its landmark tower next month.

All Saints Church in Handley will mark the tower’s fifth centenary during the weekend of November 3 with a series of celebrations, including a spectacular firework display and a special performance by the Zimbabwean Choir who will be visiting from Birmingham.

The tower will be floodlit for the occasion and a special banner will be unveiled.

A special service of re-dedication will follow in the church on Sunday November 4, led by Bishop John Hayden at 9.15am, before a special brunch in the Old Rectory.

The current church building was built in the 19th century and was restored by James Harrison, nephew of Thomas Harrison, the architect responsible for Chester Castle and other buildings in the city.

And it is popular folklore that during the Battle of Rowton Moor in 1645 the parishioners took refuge in the tower, besieged by Oliver Cromwell’s cavalry which was stationed at nearby Tattenhall.

Churchwarden Alex Park said all members of All Saints were looking forward to ‘a very special anniversary’.

“It is a very exciting time and I think people are very much looking forward all the things we have planned, particularly the tower’s rededication by the Bishop.

“Our church is very special,” he added.

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