IF you can find a space to publicise a bit of Tipton history and stir some memories, we would be very grateful.
As far as we can ascertain, 2014 marks the 175th anniversary of the church in Owen Street, as Parkes' History of Tipton (1915) says that ".. as Owen Street was the central portion (of the parish).....the present St. Paul's Church was, in 1839, erected there. Large, plain, and of massive structure, built of brick, the architecture is not striking.....", but it is now one of the oldest buildings left in Owen Street.
Times have changed, and the street is not the hive of activity that it once was.
The present Vicar, the Rev. John Dunn, has to retire on his 70th birthday in February, and will not be replaced, owing to planned cuts in clergy numbers. The congregation is keen, however, to scotch rumours that the church is in imminent danger of closing and to ensure that it is seen to remain open for worship.
Accordingly, they are aiming to plan a number of special events during this anniversary year.
As well as an anniversary service at a date yet to be decided, it is hoped to mount an exhibition of photographs and recollections.
Anyone with any memories of people, trips, events, weddings, baptisms etc. are invited to get in touch with me. Photographs will be copied and returned.