Interfaith Picnic

About 40 people gathered in Tatton Park for the Altrincham Interfaith Group Annual Picnic.  Despite fears of rain -  and there was a heavy downpour minutes before the picnic started -  Tatton Park remained dry and warm and a splendid picnic was enjoyed by all. Plenty of children were there and they had fun with football and races -  a good time was had by all.
Altrincham Interfaith Group Picnic in Tatton Park

Altrincham Festival Parade

Altrincham Festival Saturday 2 July 2011

Our theme is ‘LET’S BE FRIENDS’:

It was alovely sunny day for the festival this year and our entry was excellent with lots of happy smiling faces singing along with “You’ve Got a Friend”

We won 5 prizes in all :-

•  Winners Most Original entry

•  Winners best Voluntary entry

Then 3 highly recommended

•  Best Fancy Dress – it must have been the sunflowers!

•  Most colourful

•  Supreme entry!

Here are the first photos of our float :-

Face Painting before the parade

Waiting for the parade to begin

Some of our Sunflowers

Lets Be Friends

Altrincham Festival 2011

Altrincham Festival 2011

All Saints Franciscan Friary, Urmston

The Golden Ceiling
The Golden Ceiling

About 40 people from Altrincham Interfaith Group gathered outside All Saints Friary on Tuesday 21st June.  We were greeted by Father Brendan Blundell who showed us round and talked to us about this extraordinarily beautiful church.  It had been built at a cost of £25,000 by the de Trafford family in 1865, who acquired the services of the celebrated architect E W Pugin and, since 1985, three quarters of a million has been spent on partial restoration.  Pugin displayed his talent in the design of the Sanctuary, which was built using only the best materials. We were astonished by its gilded ceiling depicting an orchestra of angels, as well as the angels on the newly restored High Altar. A modern touch was given by the stunning rose window in the west wall with its emerald, blue, yellow and orange glass.  There was a wonderful sense of light and of peace.  After our tour we were given refreshments and there was a chance to socialise and meets old friends and new. 

The High Altar

The High Altar

We are most grateful to Father Brendan for giving us an opportunity to visit this beautiful place and we wish him well with the ongoing restoration.