The first Annual General Meeting of the Friends was held on Friday 7th October 2011 at the Conservative Club on Royds Street.

There was an encouraging turn out, with 34 people present, including some supporters from St George’s Free Church of England congregation in Blackburn, and Councillors Roger Brown, Iain Gartside and Yvonne Wright.

The event began with a short Annual General Meeting chaired by Bishop Fenwick. The objectives of the Friends were explained, and a report of the previous year’s activities presented. These were accepted nem. con.

The Annual Accounts were also presented and accepted by the meeting.

Mrs Val Eustice was elected as a Trustee in place of Mr James Perkin, who retires on rotation.

Following the AGM, those present organised themselves into teams for a Quiz Night, hosted by Mr Ian Read of St George’s, Blackburn. At the end of the quiz, two teams tied for first place, so there was a tie-breaker question – ‘In which year did St John’s Church open?’ Neither team knew the exact answer, but the team that got closest were declared the winners.

Sandwiches were provided by Mrs Crompton and Mrs Griffiths and the bar was available. A pleasant time was had by all, and it was agreed that it had been an encouraging launch to the next stage of the venture.


Volunteers are invited to come along on the last Saturday of each month to join in the work of cleaning up the Churchyard and doing other small jobs.

Good fellowship guaranteed!

For further information contact:

David and Sandra Crompton on 0161 724 5392