Church celebrates its 175th anniversary with an exhibition

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As part of the 175th anniversary celebrations of St James’ Church in Dalby, the church and schoolrooms will be hosting an exhibition of photos called Life in Dalby taken by the people of the village.

‘This is a project that’s been running for a few months now,’ said Cheryl Cousins the minister of St James’.

‘We staged a heritage exhibition in July celebrating the life of the village since the building of the church and school, but we felt that 175 years on it seemed right to also record who we are now. Our village is not just about our history, in a changing world the people who live here now are the ones who make it a community.

‘The exhibition has a wide range of images from stunning landscapes, sunsets and farming scenes to the every day life of pegging the washing or watching TV.

‘As with all these projects, they only seem to take off as deadlines draw close,’ she said. ‘We’ve had a good number of folk contributing photos, but I think we’re all just beginning to get excited about those images that could also have been taken.

‘None of us is a professional photographer. We don’t pretend to always have the horizon straight or the focus absolutely sharp and no way is it truly representational of the diversity of the people or life in this community. But as just the tip of the iceberg, it’s been a great project and the final result makes a really interesting show.’

Running in conjunction with the exhibition has also been the making of community bunting, with individuals throughout the village designing and decorating fabric pennants which will be decorating the schoolrooms for the duration of this show. The exhibition will be open from Sunday, August 10, from 10am to 5pm throughout August

There is no admission charge but donations are always gratefully received.

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