Heritage Open Days

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Heritage Open Days Weekend
Friday 7th – Sunday 9th September in church

Every September during Heritage Open Days Weekend, some 40,000 volunteers across England organise 5,000 events to celebrate our fantastic history, architecture and culture, all of which are FREE to explore. For more information, visit  www.heritageopendays.org.uk

Our Special Exhibition for 2018:

The changing face of St. Michael’s over five centuries, and a chance for you to share in our plans for the future


The Church on the hill It’s your church
There for 5 hundred years It’s our shared heritage
We’ve got plans for the future We want to know what you think

Is it where you were christened? Were you married here? A loved one’s funeral? Do you come on Remembrance Sunday, or Christmas Eve? A school service perhaps? Are you a  regular or occasional worshipper here? Is the church a much loved part of the local heritage?

We’ve been working on plans to make the church building more welcoming and accessible to all the community; to preserve the heritage for future generations and be more environmentally sustainable.

Do you have mobility problems, and find it difficult getting across the churchyard and around the building? Do you feel the building isn’t child-friendly? Do you find it cold, dark and damp in the winter months? Do you like to listen the bells, but you’ve heard they’re rusty due to rain coming in through the tower walls?

This is your invitation to come to our Heritage Open Days exhibition. See how the church has changed over the years, and make your comments.

Explore our ancient graffiti. Listen to a tall tale. Learn about the history of your church. Have some tea and cake on us.

If you can’t make it, look out for a preview of the exhibition, and our consultation questionnaire on-line, right here on the parish website. Watch this space...

St Michael & All Angels Here for you


Friday to Sunday during the day:

Free entry

Friday and Saturday 10am - 4pm

Sunday 12pm - 4pm.

You would be very welcome to join us for our services at 8.30am and 10.30am on Sunday morning.

- Take a guided tour around our beautiful medieval building.

- The unfolding story of our historic graffiti - come and help discover more!

- Refreshments.

And on Saturday evening:

Free entry

Saturday evening, 7pm - 9pm for Evening Tours with Wine and Nibbles.

Enjoy a chat, a glass and a bite to eat, and when you’re ready you can join in:

- Take a guided tour around our beautiful medieval building

- Listen to one of the Legends of Longdendale recounted in the Staveley Chapel.

- Watch a film about Life on the Home Front, in the North West on screen in the Hollingworth Chapel.