private chapel celebration 2014

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undefinedOn the last Saturday in June, thanks to Lady Cholmondeley's kindness, the Chester branch of the Prayer Book Society held a service of Evensong in the private St Nicholas Chapel on the Cholmondeley Estate.

The service – attended by more than 70 people – celebrated and promoted the use of the Prayer Book (the Book of Common Prayer). Those attending were treated to its wonderful language as well as great music. Chester Cathedral Choir sang a full choral Evensong and led the congregation with the hymns.

Present was a member of the 1960s chapel choir who will have appreciated the outstanding music. The High Sheriff for Cheshire (Susan Sellers) read the first lesson; the Priest in Charge of Bickley and St Nicholas Chapel (the Revd Richard Diggle) led the service; and a former Padre to the 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment (the Revd Jeff Cuttell) was the guest preacher. Prayers to commemorate the start of World War 1 featured.

The private chapel dates back to the 13th century when it was a thatched, half-timbered building. Regular monthly services are still held there.

Pictured above ... the choir in the background, outside St Nicholas Chapel; in the foreground (L to R), the Revd Richard Diggle, High Sheriff for Cheshire Sue Sellers, and the Revd Jeff Cuttell