AN IMPORTANT event at which people can judge the progress that has been made with the appeal to re-open St John’s Church and save the Pals Chapel is being held on Sunday.

St Christopher’s High School is the venue for the event to mark the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Appeal organisers will be available between 2pm and 4pm to clear up any concerns people may have.

The public will be able to:


* Have a look at how the campaign is progressing.
* Study details and photos of what has been done so far.
* See what is in the pipeline for future events.
* Chat to members of the fund-raising team and the Parochial Church Council.
* Inspect the first draft plans from an architect which will give some indications of how the church could evolve.

Organisers also hope to run some footage of the Accrington Pals.

The school chapel will be used as a quiet room for people to come and pay their respects to the Pals, or to loved ones, or just to take some time for reflection.

Refreshments will be available and people can just have a coffee, a chat and a browse.

There will also be an opportunity to buy merchandise, which has been increased with the addition of pens and pencils.

A comments book will be available to gather ideas for potential future events.

Meanwhile, a member of St John’s who attended the race night last Friday said that feelings were running very high.

She said: "Many people made a point of talking to her and explained that, although they may not necessarily attend the church, they feel strongly about it and its part in the community.’’


* We are aiming to raise £50,000 which would be the minimum needed to re-open the church. An application for further funding would then be made to English Heritage