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Wellacre Presents Gift of Cross to Bishop of Middleton

Posted at 8:35 am on 28th March, 2018

Bishop Mark visits Wellacre as part of Holy Week

Bishop Mark Davies, the Church of England Bishop of Middleton, visited Wellacre Academy in Flixton as part of his special programme for Holy Week.

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As well as speaking to Year 8 students and answering questions from Year 10 RE students, the Bishop was presented with a new decorative cross designed by teaching staff and students of the school to mark 50 years of links with St John’s Church, Flixton.

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The church building has a cross on its entrance designed, created and paid for by students of Wellacre College in 1968, when it was built. This week’s ceremony recalls that connection which has continued through half a century.

Present were the schools’ principal, Miss Melanie Wicks, and other staff, including technology technician Mr Graham Jackson, who was a student at Wellacre College in 1968. Also present were the Rev Huw Thomas, vicar of St Michael’s Church, Flixton, and the Rev Rodney Green, Associate Minister of St John’s Church, Flixton, who was also a student at the college when the first cross was made.

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The new cross is made in ‘Wellacre blue’, and made by Miss Joanne Smith, technology teacher, and Mr Graham Jackson. Mr Jackson commented: ‘Every time I’ve been to Wellacre’s carol concert at St John’s Church, I always smile when I see the original cross, as I remember fellow students making this when I was a student here. It’s interesting now to have been working on the brand new design, as a gift from Wellacre.’

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St John’s is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of its new church building this year, along with its ‘parent’ church, St Michael’s Flixton. Bishop Mark Davies is spending the whole week in Flixton, taking part in events at St Michael’s and St John’s and visiting schools and church members’ friends and neighbours.