Salt Sunday services

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Bisdhop Keith receives a sample of rock salt from Harold James, Managing Director of Compass Minerals UK, owners of Salt UnionEight parishes in our diocese will celebrate a Sunday morning service with a difference at a special Salt Sunday this weekend (Rogation Sunday, 13 May). Salt Union, operator of a salt mine and supplier of road salt to local authorities, has presented every church holding a Salt Sunday service with a sample of Cheshire rock salt - mined from almost 200 metres underground at Winsford Rock Salt Mine.

The Salt Sunday services - which are also being taken up by other denominations - aim to bring together business, education, communities and churches to celebrate the contribution that natural resources such as salt, coal and water give to the lives of people in Cheshire.

The special services have been have been organised by the Salt of the Earth Network – a group of clergy, salt industry people, historians and environmentalists who wish to celebrate salt and advocate education for a better world.

The network was started by the Rt Revd Keith Sinclair, Bishop of Birkenhead, who recently collected the salt samples.

Bishop Keith said: “Salt Sunday is an occasion to give thanks for the provision of salt, which has all kinds of domestic and industrial uses as well as providing wealth and employment in our region’s chemical and pharmaceutical businesses. It is an opportunity to celebrate our resources, industrial heritage and perhaps most importantly, our communities.”

On presenting the salt samples to the bishop, Harold James (PICTURED) , Managing Director of Compass Minerals UK, which owns Salt Union, said, “We were very pleased to get involved. Our mine has been a major part of Cheshire’s industrial and cultural heritage since 1844 and today we employ approximately 200 local residents with 75 working underground at any one time.”