Churches set to open doors in celebration of National Heritage Open Weekend - The Solihull Observer

Churches set to open doors in celebration of National Heritage Open Weekend

Solihull Editorial 5th Sep, 2018 Updated: 5th Sep, 2018   0

CHURCHES across the borough are set to open their doors this weekend as part of the national Heritage Open Weekend.

Church of the Ascension in Hall Green will open on Saturday (September 8).

From 10am until 1pm visitors are invited to look around the School Road Church which was consecrated in 1704 as Job Marston’s Chapel – the only church in the Birmingham area to be completed during Queen Anne’s reign.

There will be a display of documents associated with the history of the church and photographs taken over the last few decades.

There will also be a treasure hunt for children with small prizes.

Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and refreshments will be served.

Vicar Rev Nejib Boumenjel, said: “The Church of the Ascension has played an important part in many people’s lives over the years.

“At open days, we love to welcome back people who have a past connection with the church – perhaps your parents got married here, you were baptised or were in the scouts and came to Church Parade here?

“Equally welcome are those who have no past connection and just want to look around this beautiful and historic building. We look forward to seeing everyone there.”

Umberslade Baptist Church will also open its doors to the public as part of the annual celebration which sees 5,000 events organised across England to celebrate history and culture.

The Spring Lane Church in Hockley Heath is a rare Nonconformist estate church in a parkland setting looked after by The Historic Chapels Trust.

On Saturday (September 8) and Sunday (September 9) then again on September 15 and 16, visitors will be able to look around the gothic-decorated style building with a touch of Victorian eccentricity, between 11am and 3pm.

Entry is free and there will be a craft stall, local history displays and refreshments.

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