Halsall – St. Cuthbert’s and it’s connection with St. Catherine’s Chapel in Lydiate

The other day Sheila and I had the opportunity to visit and have a guided tour of St Cuthbert’s Church in Halsall, which is over 700 years old and in the same historic league as nearby Sefton Church in Sefton Village which, if I recall correctly, is a little bit older being over 800 years.

Modern stained glass in St Cuthbert’s – Halsall

We heard about Cromwell’s troops being billeted there and the damage that was seemingly done by them to stone carvings – knocking off noses and carving their initials on carved Knights gave slabs!

But what we found fascinating was that there is a close connection between St Cuthbert’s and Lydiate’s own St. Catherine’s Chapel, otherwise know as Lydiate Abbey. This connection is via the Ireland family.

St Catherine’s also known as Lydiate Abbey

St. Cuthbert’s is pre-reformation so whilst a C of E Parish Church now it was originally a Roman Catholic place of worship. We were told that folks living in Maghull & Lydiate would have travelled all the way to St Cuthbert’s on a Sunday, despite St. Helen’s Church in Sefton Village and Christ Church in Aughton being nearer for them. Seems in those days you had to and were expected to attend what was designated to be your parish church – no issue of choice back then for the poor in particular.

The stained glass photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:- www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Maghull Wind Orchestra at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral

Tonight the ever growing reputation of Maghull Wind Orchestra went up another notch as they played to a packed audience in Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral.

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The performance also included a Chamber Choir from Belvedere Academy who unfortunately were rather drowned out by the Cathedral organ but came into their own when singing to a piano. Their rendition of Once in Royal David’s City brought back memories of my own solo performance of this popular Christmas carol at St. Helen’s Church in Sefton Village many, many moons ago. I was a choir boy there and before that at St. Andrew’s Church in Maghull in the days when I followed my parents religion.

But back to MWO whom I have seen in action twice in the past 3 days. I understand there were around 90 of them playing tonight and a wonderful sound they made too. They seem to make a big impression wherever they play and they must be doing more than their bit to put Maghull on the musical map.

Sefton Borough – It’s named after an historic village with an historic church

In a break in the bitterly cold weather of recent days I went back to St.Helen’s Church in Sefton Village to have a look at the ancient church where, and please don’t tell anyone, this old atheist was once a choir boy!

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Helen%27s_Church,_Sefton

It really is a beautiful building and I love to take photos it:-

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The photos are amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Sefton Village – An histotric conservation area

Just to celebrate the historic joys on our doorstep and the village which Sefton Borough was named after when it was set up in 1974.

St. Helen's Church, Sefton Village

St. Helen’s Church, Sefton Village

The Punch Bowl Pub

The Punch Bowl Pub

These photos are amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/