A weekend of sesquicentennial (that’s 150-year) celebrations

Acklington Chruch's 150the anniversary.'Some of the Acklington First School pupils and headteacher Effie Fenton who are helping to celebrate the anniversary.

Acklington Chruch's 150the anniversary.'Some of the Acklington First School pupils and headteacher Effie Fenton who are helping to celebrate the anniversary.

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A TWO-DAY celebration to mark the 150th anniversary of a village church takes place this weekend.

It will commemorate the milestone for the Parish Church of St John The Divine, Acklington.

The event will include an art and craft exhibition, music, a grand prize raffle and various displays in the church, as well as a photographic exhibition and refreshments in the village hall.

A silk anniversary wall hanging, depicting 40 stories from the bible, will be unveiled. It has been created by parishioners young and old.

The village schoolchildren and other community groups and organisations, including the prison, are involved in the sesquicentennial celebrations, as is the village’s celebrity artist Charles Evans.

The events take place on Saturday and Sunday, with festivities in the church from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and 10am to 7pm on Sunday, and the village hall, from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and noon to 4pm on Sunday.

There will be a parish communion and baptism at 10.30am on Sunday, followed by a songs of praise service later that day at 6pm.