Friends rally round to preserve iconic church

FRIENDS WELCOME: Ewart Rymer and Rev Rachel Cave are hoping people share their memories of Whitechapel Church.
FRIENDS WELCOME: Ewart Rymer and Rev Rachel Cave are hoping people share their memories of Whitechapel Church.
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MEMBERS of one of Spen’s oldest churches are encouraging friends to reunite to preserve its rich history.

The Friends of Whitechapel Church group has been launched to reach out to those who have had a connection with the 900-year- old building.

The group is hoping to reconnect with those who have shared services and celebrations there over the years. Friends of the church can sign up to be members and pay a small annual fee to help support the building, which dates back to Norman times.

Assistant priest Rachel Cave said: “If you have happy memories of a family celebration at Whitechapel Church, such as a baptism, confirmation or wedding, or you had a final service of thanksgiving for a loved one in this beautiful building, or used to be in the choir and this church means something to you, you can help future generations.

“Whitechapel has been a place of worship for over nine centuries; we want it to be of service to the community in years to come.”

Ewart Rymer, of Westcliffe Road, has been a member of the church choir since 1927 and has been named as honorary friend of the group.

Members will receive two newsletters a year, as well as an invitation to attend the annual Songs of Praise service and afternoon tea. This year, the service takes place at Whitechapel Church on September 11 from 2.30pm. For more information about the group or to get a copy of the introductory leaflet, contact warden Philip Hardill on 01274 678637 or the Rev Rachel Cave on 01924 480666.