Two centuries of church life are celebrated in Wisbech

PUBLISHED: 15:34 17 April 2018

Castle Square United  Reformed Church, Wisbech

Castle Square United Reformed Church, Wisbech

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A church in Wisbech is celebrating 200 years since it was founded.

The Castle Square United Reformed Church celebrates two centuries in the town with a special service.

The church, beside the War Memorial, was formed as a fellowship in February 1818 and opened its doors in December.

A spokesman for the church said: “We still have copies of the original printed invitation to the opening.

“This is your invitation to come and view an exhibition of 200 years of Wisbech life and history.

“Learn about those who helped set up the General Cemetery, and why, see how the buildings were changed and adapted over the years.

“Check if any of your ancestors are on the church roll of years gone by. Wonder about the people who dedicated their time and resources to teach children to write, to sing, to live a full life.”

In 1818 the setting was the Independent Church, in 1918 the congregational Church, since 1972 the Wisbech United Reformed Church.

It is a rare example of a chapel of its era still in use for the purpose it was intended, a gem that has always relied entirely on the giving of its members to keep going.

To find out some of the challenges they faced, the bizarre bazaars they became known for and their faith then join the celebration service on Saturday April 28.

Leading up to it from Wednesday 25 to Friday 27 there is an exhibition of the life and activities tracing a local story from 1818 to 2018. For details check the Castle Square Facebook page.

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