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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 8th November, 2020)


St Elizabeth's Church, Aspull.

Photo: David  (Panasonic FZ330)
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Comment by: Julie on 8th November 2020 at 07:23

The poppies are lovely and the church to, I used to be in the choir in the 70s when Mr Pankhurst was the vicar and Mr Peet was the organist.

Comment by: Mick on 8th November 2020 at 07:39

I wonder if its been made from the bottoms of plastic bottles, like the one in Appley Bridge which was Photo-a-Day on Saturday, 26th September, 2020

Comment by: Poet on 8th November 2020 at 08:38


It will all be over by Christmas our Tom
Go lead the Kaiser a merry dance ,
Where are they sending you off to in France ?
It's a place no one's heard of called the Somme .

Hey Billy , we've ordered the festive goose .
A big ' un that will serve us well ,
There'll be musical chairs and jingle bells ,
Goodbye dear lads we'll see you soon .

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 8th November 2020 at 09:42

I saw this a couple of weeks ago when we passed the church. It's lovely, as are the similar decorations on a number of churches. I have done a little Remembrance display in my window at home. I love poppies, both in remembrance and those blowing freely in the breeze by the side of the road. Such beautiful flowers.

Comment by: Gary on 8th November 2020 at 10:02

Pleased to see the plastic bottles are still by the tap - to get water to the grave flower holders.
The re-pointing looks fine on the brickwork.
The poppy flow suits the building. The memorial is inside. I have a photo of its original inauguration.

Comment by: Veronica on 8th November 2020 at 10:41

So tasteful a 'waterfall' of poppies.
I am like you Irene, I have a painting in my window of poppies with
Soldiers in the distance, my own artwork. Just getting ready to stand at the door.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 8th November 2020 at 11:38

St Elizabeth's is a well looked after church, whenever I go past there are always people working there, either cutting the grass or tidying up around the Churchyard.

Comment by: Mick on 8th November 2020 at 13:35

I can see these poppy fountains becoming more popular, and being strung up on the front of houses up and down the country, so now is the time to start collecting you empty plastic bottles so you can make one of your own for next year.
Are you could wait and buy one that ASDA will be selling, with twinkling poppies.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 8th November 2020 at 15:28

Gary - you're only partly right about the memorial being inside. There is indeed a Roll of Honour bearing the names of those who died in WW1 painted on the doors of a triptych with Christ on the cross and Mary and John beside, with the WW2 names on a board beneath. For all practical purposes this acts as the church's War Memorial - but the actual War Memorial is no longer in the church.
On the church's organ casing there is a brass plaque declaring that the organ was installed as the memorial in 1920. However, not only is there no organ within the casing, but the whole organ was actually replaced in 1936.
Perhaps you could post the pic you have in the Album? I have a copy of the article describing the organ's dedication from the Wigan Observer of the time.

Comment by: Edna on 8th November 2020 at 20:24

This is a poem I came across this week, and I thought it apt,considering the situation we are in at the moment,and especially while its remembrance Sunday.Its from..Time To be Slow by John Donohue.Irish poet...If you remain generous. Time will come good; And you will find your feet Again on fresh pastures of promise, Where the air will be kind....So sad to see the cenotaph today on TV in London,with no veterans there.

Comment by: Edna on 8th November 2020 at 20:30

Sorry David, not said this is a lovley photo.

Comment by: Gary on 9th November 2020 at 10:00

Rev David - a late reply!
It is of course a Roll of Honour. I have the original booklet, listing all who served in the Great War - the names of those killed in action, including my great uncle, William Gregory, are in a heavier print with a cross indicator and RIP.
The photo should have been with this, but it turns out my elder son used it as a FWW exhibit at Notre Dame H S in Norwich, ten years ago - and he has the photo, down there "in a box somewhere" at his home in Norfolk! Once it is found I'll put it on the Album.
If you want to see the printed Roll of Honour original, give me an address and I'll send it down to you.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 9th November 2020 at 15:06

Hello Gary - please email me: dave.w.long@icloud.com, and I'll send my address. Your Roll of Honour sounds as if it qualifies as a War Memorial in its own right. I've seen references to it in the Wigan Archives files on the Aspull fallen, but have never seen a copy. I'd love to see it.

Comment by: Sandra miller need kay on 17th November 2020 at 22:04

Julie I was in the choir at st Elizabeth’s until 1972 when I got married. The choir use to sing at members weddings for free instead of getting half a crown! If you missed out on your half a crown sorry! Got married on 5th august.

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