Buckley Church celebrates its 200th anniversary

St Matthew’s Church, Buckley, was consecrated on 25 September 1822 by the Bishop of Chester. Over the past 200 years, St Matthew’s Christian community has changed, as has the church itself.

The original church, designed by John Oates of Halifax, was remodeled between 1898 and 1904 by architects Chester Douglas and Minshull. It contains wonderful examples of stained glass by Henry Holliday and includes a memorial to William Gladstone.

During 2022 the church held a number of celebrations, concerts, love and marriage service, barbecue, afternoon tea and fundraising events for their charities of Global Mission.

The main celebration takes place on the weekend of September 23, 24 and 25, including…

• Friday 23 and Saturday 24 September from 10 am to 4 pm: an exhibition and activities testify to the past, present and future journey of the Church and the community of faith. Light refreshments will be available.

• Saturday 24th September – 10.00am-12.45pm: The Bell Ringers of North Wales will sound an impressive chime of The Stedman Triples from the tower of St Matthew’s Church.

• Sunday September 25, 3 pm: A service of thanksgiving and celebration with the Bishop of St Asaph, Gregory Cameron. Followed by drinks, cake and socializing.

All are welcome throughout the celebration.

During the weekend two new books will be launched: A new guide to St Matthew’s by Malcolm Hislop, and 200 year celebration which reflects our church community from the 1920s to the present day.

Orders for books, £10 each, can be placed with Eirlys Jones, by phone on 01244 544783 or by email at [email protected] Both will continue to be on sale after the Bicentennial weekend.

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