Celebrating 175 years of St James Church 

The picture above of the opening ceremony of the August Exhibition. L to R: Christopher Morrison, "Churchwarden" , Tony Stimson "Museum Chairman" , Rev Julie Price Price & Tony Harris "Churchwarden" 

The exhibition packed a great deal of information into the relatively small space of the David Rudkin Room. The central display cabinets held a variety of historical documents and notices, while the walls were lined with photographs, posters and five panels outlining the history of the church and its connections to the Emsworth area. It was fascinating to trace the developments in its structure over the years; some were made because more space was needed for worshippers - and some because in 1899 the Bishop of Winchester called it "the most ugly church in the diocese"!

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Photographs from more recent times were also on display, loaned by local families. Bright splashes of colour were provided by over a dozen hassocks with designs worked in wool, and by three very striking altar frontals with modern applique' motifs.

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And in pride of place in one corner were the beautifully carved and painted figures of the Holy Family, which are used year after year in St.James's much-loved presentation of the Nativity.

In all, the exhibition was a well-planned and attractive tribute to the importance of St.James's Church in the community.

A special event is being planned by the church for the 7th November to celebrate the 175th anniversary of its consecration

Libby Wilding