Seventh-day Adventist Church members were joined by the mayor of Grantham as they marked the 50th anniversary of its organisation in the town.
Fifty years ago, 101 members signed the charter roll to form the new church in a special event held at the Westgate Hall. The church was formed mainly from the workers of The Stanborough Press Ltd who had recently relocated from Watford, combined with a local church which had been meeting in Colsterworth.
Last week, many of those original members or their children met again to remember in a service of thanksgiving, travelling from Norfolk, Bristol, South Wales, Worcester and Watford, with messages sent from as far away as Australia.
A commemorative booklet was given to each family outlining the church history from 1966-1969, the years the church met in rented halls prior to the building of the church and school on Dudley Road.
The formation of the Alma School in the Paymaster’s Hut adjacent to The Stanborough Press Ltd was also remembered and the children of Dudley House School (its successor) performed a drama and song.
During the service, six members, Barrymore and Beryl Bell, John and Esme Sutton, Maureen Hammond and Joan Moore, received awards for their long service to the church, presented by the Mayor of Grantham, Coun Linda Wootten.