Fun-packed Salt Sunday

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Families can enjoy an imaginative, fun-filled afternoon on Sunday 7 May 2017 when the Northwich-based Lion Salt Works museum joins forces with the Christian network - Salt of the Earth, for another exciting Salt Sunday.

This year’s programme will include contemporary worship with the Bishop of Birkenhead and a community drama from Mr and Mrs Theatre Company. There will also be a series of ‘taster talks’ by salt-related industries.

Rt Rev Keith Sinclair, Bishop of Birkenhead, said: “Salt is a wonderful God-given resource for the North-West. We enjoy a thriving chemical industry because salt was a natural catalyst for the early chemical industry; salt is a key ingredient in our famous Cheshire cheese and centuries of jobs and prosperity has resulted from open-pan, salt-making and salt mining. This legacy continues with numerous salt and salt-related industries still providing employment and support to the community. Salt Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to come together and give thanks for this abundant natural resource as well as having a lot of fun.”

The afternoon runs between 1:30-4pm in the Museum’s café, grounds and Thompson suite. For more information visit www.westcheshiremuseums.com  Adult £6.25 Concession £5.50, Child £4.00, Family ticket (adult and two children) £16.40, Family annual pass:  £50.00, other family and concessionary prices available.

During the afternoon visitors can enjoy:

  • A community drama event with Mr and Mrs Theatre Company The Mr and Mrs performance starts at 2pm and no booking is required.
  • Messy science - take part in ingenious experiments, including blowing giant bubbles
  • Marvel as ‘wild brine’ is transformed into salt crystals over a boiling open-pan thanks to Lion Salt Work Trustees
  • A programme of interesting 15-minute ‘taster talks’ by salt-related guests from INEOS, the Industrial Christian Fellowship and Sci-Tech Daresbury
  • Enjoy pausing for thought during contemporary worship with the Bishop of Birkenhead, the Rt Rev Keith Sinclair at 3:30pm outside in the sunshine
  • Enjoy live folk songs with John and Ailsa including the traditional “blessing of the brine” plus live music team from HBC Chester
  • Enjoy stalls, taster talks and exhibitions from 1:30pm
  • Join a guided tour of the Salt Works after the worship time (admission charges apply for entry but not for the tour)

Salt Sunday is part of the ‘Salt of the Earth’ initiative set up in 2008 by local representatives from industry, churches, community groups and schools to recognise that salt has always been a major contributor to the region.
The Salt of the earth network brings together people who believe that church, businesses and communities should be united. ‘Salt of the Earth’ means a person of great goodness and is one of over 30 phrases involving salt used in the Bible.   For more information about the Salt network see www.saltoftheearthnetwork.net


The photo above show The Rt Rev Keith Sinclair, Bishop of Birkenhead, discussing Salt Sunday with Kate Harland, Senior Learning & Operations Manager, Cheshire West & Chester Council