St James Church Dalby celebrates its 175th Anniversary this July. The village are marking it with a special Heritage exhibition celebrating the life of the people in this once remote coastal region .
“ These anniversaries and festivals are milestones in the life of small communities; “ says Cheryl Cousins, the Local Minister; “ I’m not sure that there can ever have been a time when life was easy for the folk here, or for the church here, but somehow the church and schoolrooms have acted as an anchor point through the comings and goings of life in this small village. It’s looked out for the people and supported them …just as they have worked tirelessly to support it… that inter-dependency has brought the community together and kept the church alive. Surely that’s something worth celebrating ?!”
Photos, and artefacts, memories and memorabilia will be intermingled with country flowers and display boards telling real life stories and giving an insight into the life of Dalby people. The community have been gradually collecting together memories about their own histories, shared memories of the school, community life, the church, Lhagg ny Killey; farming, fishing, the Dalby Spook, The War, the village shop, sporting and Music hall celebrities, the Niarbyl …. and the characters that make these stories come alive!
The church and schoolrooms will be open from 10.30am – 4.30 pm on July 5th. 6th & 7th. serving home made soups and sandwiches, cakes, coffee, cream teas and traditional Manx fare throughout the day.
The exhibition will continue to be open throughout the week Tues 8th – Fri 11th from 12.noon -4.30pm, where tea and coffee will be available.
All proceeds go to the two charities for this year, the new Breast Care Unit at Nobles hospital and the Manx Overseas Charity, School for Uganda….as well as the ongoing maintenance and Restoration of St James Church.
The church will celebrate its 175th Anniversary with a Songs of Praise Service at 6.30 pm on Sunday 6th with reflections and stories from people who have been part of its long life. Everyone is always very welcome, a supper will be served after the service.
And the week will conclude with an Anniversary Festival Concert with wine and canapés on Saturday 12th July at 7.30pm. Guest artists are : Terry Qualtrough, Jane Corkhill, Michelle Jamieson, John Kennaugh, Caarjyn Cooidjagh and Gareth Moore. To reserve a seat please book by ringing Gilly on 844031.