Village packs church for 100 year celebrations

PUBLISHED: 12:03 12 October 2006 | UPDATED: 14:50 12 May 2010

MORE than 200 people packed Orwell Methodist Church to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the opening of the building on Saturday. The service was led by the Rev Ian Smart with support for the Rev Neil Brice, rector of the parish church. Lord Leslie Griff

MORE than 200 people packed Orwell Methodist Church to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the opening of the building on Saturday.

The service was led by the Rev Ian Smart with support for the Rev Neil Brice, rector of the parish church.

Lord Leslie Griffiths, minister at Wesley's Chapel in central London, gave the address.

Descendents from three families - the Millers, Peters' and Marrs - attended the service, displaying the continuity over the years.

Indeed, organ builder and player David Miller accompanied the hymns.

And a Miller had played the organ for the inaugural service in 1906.

Many people from the Anglian community at St Andrew's Church joined in the celebration.

Those at the service were told of the "vigour and enthusiasm" behind building the attractive small church in four months.

In recent years, the church has been re-decorated and after major underpinning works the brick and stonework was given a thorough washing.


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