St Michael's Church seeking photos of Little Coates parish to celebrate its centenary
INTERESTING images of Little Coates parish are being sought to help celebrate the centenary of St Michael's Church.
The Rev Canon Peter Mullins, pictured, is hoping for 100 postcard-sized photos to create a mosaic to show the recent history of the church and the surrounding area.
Canon Mullins said: "I'm quite keen it should be as much about the community as the church.
"We want people to send us 100 photos for each of the 100 years."
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The celebrations will take place over the weekend of February 9 and 10, with The Right Reverend Christopher Lowson, Bishop of Lincoln, leading a celebratory service on February 10.
The celebrations are to mark the centenary of St Michael's refurbishment between 1913 and 1915 thanks to its benefactor, wealthy Cleethorpes timber merchant, Joseph Chapman.
Upon his death, in 1909, Mr Chapman, who lived in Yarra House, left an estate valued at £2.5 million, equivalent today to about £23 million.
It was part of this legacy which helped to extend the church. It was officially opened in 1915 and is still used within the community by a wide range of groups.
"I think people underestimate how far buildings like this contribute to the community," said Mr Mullins.
"Keeping the facilities running is the only way to keep a big society.
"Five-thousand different people are estimated to have come through the doors last year."
As part of the weekend there will be a heritage guided tour on the Saturday followed by the service on the Sunday.
Anyone who can help with photographs for the mosaic should contact Canon Mullins on 01472 346986. All pictures will be returned.
This story was written by Tom Harris. Aimee Bolton, David Hulme, Chris Stephenson, Leigh Green and Adam Stevenson, who are second-year Media students at Grimsby Institute, and currently on work experience at the Grimsby Telegraph.