Church’s heritage will be on display

St Cuthbert`s Church in Bedlington.
St Cuthbert`s Church in Bedlington.

A BEDLINGTON church will once again open its doors as part of a national programme.

St Cuthbert’s is taking part in the Heritage Open Days initiative this month.

There will be members of the church available to identify and explain details of the ancient building, which contains much of Bedlington’s history and can be traced back as far as the 10th century.

It has undergone several major reconstructions to become the building it is today.

The Tyneside Scottish Association will be on hand to raise awareness of the Memorial Chapel and the ‘Colour’ of the 2nd Battalion, which has been ‘laid up’ in the church since it was presented to them by King George V on July 10, 1920.

The commemorative boards in the chapel carry the names of more than 400 local men who died in the First World War, whilst there is a Book of Enlistment, with the details more than 1,000 men who enlisted locally and what happened to them.

It is a unique document of local interest.

Once again there will be several craft stalls, including cakes, books, flowers, jewellery and greeting cards, plus other activities, whilst refreshments will be served during the day.

It is also expected that members of 2522 Squadron ATC will be in attendance with a flight simulator.

The musical interludes will be provided by the Pipes and Drums of 204 (Tyneside Scottish) Battery, the name now proudly carried by this TA unit, who are known locally as the ‘Geordie Gunners’ and their stirring music will vibrate through the church.

Also the steel band from the Bedlington Community High School, who appeared at the town’s summer fair, have agreed to play.

The church is open on Saturday, September 8, from 10am to 4pm.

Then on the Sunday there will be a Georgian themed service at 9.30am, when it is hoped people will attend in period costume.