Parkgate church booklet 2012

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Mollie Bushell (right) is presented with the booklet by writer Betty JonesA booklet has been published to tell the remarkable story of how a Deeside church has served three different Christian denominations in its 169-year-old history. 'Saint Thomas's Church, Parkgate - a short history' was commissioned by the Bishop's Trust for St Thomas's and written Betty Jones, who lives in Parkgate -a village in south Wirral famous for its riverside views and ice cream shops.

The booklet’s been produced to mark the restoration in 2010 of the church for religious use as part of the parish of Neston, and for wider community use.

The booklet is on sale priced £2.50 from St Thomas’s Church and local shops.

Built in 1843 as a Congregational chapel, St Thomas’s was later a Presbyterian church before becoming part of the C of E parish. In1994 structural problems forced closure and there were fears that it might be demolished or sold. But two years ago the premises were beautifully restored by the Bishop’s Trust with strong support locally.

The new publication describes St Thomas’s simple interior and interesting historical artefacts. It also references the church’s links to fishing and the sea. Since it reopened, as well as church services, a variety of social and other activities have taken place – including a 95th birthday party held for Mollie Bushell whose family has been closely associated from the earliest days, serving as elders and deacons and later as vergers of the successive congregations.

Mrs Bushell is PICTURED being presented with a copy of the booklet by the author, Betty Jones.

The Bishop’s Trust, in partnership with the Town Council and the Parkgate Society, is now working work on the final stage of restoration which involves landscaping the churchyard and making a gateway to Mostyn Square.

Services are held every Sunday at 9.30am and every Wednesday at 10am. To hire St Thomas’s contact Valerie Johnson 0151 336 7838 or email stthomasparkgate@hotmail.com