To Celebrate 70 Years

The Sunday service (June 5) starts at the usual time of 11.00am. To celebrate the Queen’s 70 year reign, at the end of the service there will be a shared lunch. Everyone is welcome whether you bring a shared item or not.

It’s Gardening Time Again

It’s Spring and it is time to tidy up the garden. Not only are the weeds and grass  growing, but the broken brick seems to multiply as well. In the 1970’s the ‘flower beds’ were covered with crushed brick, this was to make for easy maintanence. Twenty years on and the lawns and flower beds were reinstated. The brick was covered with several inches of soil, this would make for good drainage! However, the action of the weather and frosts bring a yearly crop of crushed brick back to the surface.

The yearly harvest of broken brick

The Head of the Edgar Wood Academy Visits

The Headteacher of the Edgar Wood Academy, Mr. Marcin Kojder, visited the home of the Edgar Wood Society at the Long Street Methodist Church and Edgar Wood Rooms today. The Society and school wish to forge closer links, which was obvious from the informative and pleasant chat throughout the visit. The school at the moment is in temporary classrooms on the Hopwood College Campus with a year 7 intake. The school, which is under construction in Bowlee, is to be fully opened in September 2022 and we look forward to the pupils being inspired by the achievements of Edgar Wood, Middleton’s ‘remarkable architect’.

The Society wish Mr. Kojder, his staff and pupils, a successful year ahead.

85.25 Kg Weight of Food Donated to the Food Bank

Two charities were supported at the  Harvest Service on Sunday 3rd October.

A pew collection in aid of the Methodist supported charity, All We Can and for tinned and dried food for the local food bank at the Lighthouse Project based in Middleton.

To Long Street Methodist Church : Email from the Lighthouse Project
Thank you for your kind donation yesterday. It will help a lot of our Foodbank users in these ever increasing difficult times.
The weight donated was 82.25kg and I’m sure there will be more donations from your congregation and other generous people.
I will keep a check on the donations we receive from yourselves and give you the total weight after the Harvest Festival has ended.
Many Thanks
Sue Jackson
Project Coordinator – Foodbank & Pantry
The Lighthouse Project, unit S6 b/c Middleton Shopping Centre, Limetrees Road, Middleton, M24 4EL
Tel: 0161 643 1163
The Lighthouse Project is a community work of Inspire Middleton registered charity 1126093

 

Heritage Open Days Come to a Close for Another Year

The Church and School Rooms were open for five half days during this year’s HODs, attracting both local and visitors from the wider region. The walk around the Conservation Area and the Edgar Wood properties on Sunday 12th September was over subscribed. A pre booked group of 22 were divided into two groups and starting in opposite directions. The walk will be repeated in Spring 2022, so send an email if you wish to be informed of details nearer to the time (edgarwoodsociety@gmail.com).

Visitors from Chorley were delighted by the beauty and ‘simplicity’ of the carving on the lectern base.

Rose carving on the lectern base

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edgar Wood Society volunteer guides fold up the banner for another year.

Visit the ‘Arts & Crafts Church’ on Heritage Open Days

Visit Long Street Methodist Church and the adjacent Edgar Wood Rooms to see the finest Arts & Crafts building in Greater Manchester. Guides will be on hand to answer any questions.

Friday 10 September 1 – 4pm        Sunday 12 September 1 – 4pm  

Sunday 12 September 2pm  Leaving from the Church at 2pm a guided walk around the Conservation Area to view 9 listed buildings in the ‘Golden Cluster’. For full details: https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/a-guided-walk-around-middleton-conservation-area
Wednesday 15 September 1 – 4pm

Friday 17 September 1 – 4pm        Saturday 18 September 1 – 4pm

 

Re-pointing of the Chimney Begins

Three working platforms are needed reach the top of the chimney.

David from Conservation Services North West, is in charge of the chimney repointiong and was smiling yesterday morning from the top platform of the scaffold. Blue sky and sun is a bonus of late and the weather is going to be settled for the next few days.

 

Scones, Clotted Cream and Strawberry Jam

The first event in the Arts and Crafts Church hall (Edgar Wood Rooms) since the easing of the lockdown, organised by the Edgar Wood Society was a cream tea this afternoon. The hall was set up and awaiting the first guests at 2.00pm.

Will the tables soon be occupied?

We were not disappointed

The guests were not disappointed either

The First Live Service Since 15th March 2020

The gates were opened and It was good to be back for a service at Long Street although with a difference, for the first service in the building since 15th March, 2020.

To make easier to comply with covid protocols, the service was held in the hall of the Edgar Wood Rooms. The atmosphere was different, but a success all the same and will be repeated again next week. If you would like to book a seat phone 0161 6530512.

 

Up, Up and Away

Laurie of RescueStationCIC had  a 7.00am  drone flight from the garden on Tuesday 23rd June. Conditions were ideal, the air was still and the sky was blue.  The ground crew were briefed and had their instructions to inform passers by that they were within a 50 meter radius of the flight. The filming was on behalf of the Heritage Trust North West, a closely associated Trust who provide services for the GMBPT.

Attached to the drone is a 360 degree camera.

The filming of Long Street Methodist Church and the Edgar Wood Rooms will feature on the HTNW web site together with other heritage property in the HTNW’s portfolio.

Draw a line vertically above Laurie and you should spot the drone.

Walter Crane in Wigton

With all the interest in Arts & Crafts churches recently, two books being published on the subject, it is worth mentioning that religious Arts & Crafts work sometimes turns up in quite unexpected places.

A good example is St. Mary’s Church in Wigton, Cumbria. This is a large 1788 classical preaching box, miles from anywhere north of the Lake District. It’s a fine looking building. I went in with my ‘Georgian’ hat on and it certainly didn’t disappoint in that regard.

However, one of the aisle windows beneath a balcony caught my eye with its harmonious green tones and Arts & Crafts character. Looking more closely, a Crane signature marked it out as being by Walter Crane, who, as a metropolitan based socialist, is possibly the last person you would expect to see in these parts.

The window is quite formal – a nod to the classicism of the building, perhaps. It represents Christ as the Light of the World. The border has cherubs sitting on the branches of a climbing plant which grows around Christ as if sustained by his light – a nice blend of Christian and Art Nouveau ideas. The date is 1906, so it is a late work.

Wakter Crane was born in Liverpool and taught in Manchester in the 1890s. He was the first president of the Northern Art Workers Guild which was set up by Edgar Wood. While Crane and Wood knew one another it is not yet known how close their artistic paths coincided. For more information on Walter Crane click here.

Services on Zoom Continue

The church gates were decorated yesterday for Pentecost and the first service since lockdown at Long Street planned for today, unfortunately had to be postponed, so it was back to Zoom.

We now look forward to the first service on the 13th June. Until then the Sunday morning and evening services will continue on Zoom. Details can be found on the Manchester Circuits web site. https://manchestermethodists.org.uk