A service to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the re-opening and re-dedication of Upleadon Church was held on the afternoon of Sunday 16th June. The church was beautifully decorated with flowers, the scent of which filled the air, and it was a joy to see so many in the congregation gathering to celebrate this momentous occasion.
In 1966 the church was considered unsafe, massive repairs were needed, including underpinning, barbed wire surrounded the closed church and it would have stayed that way had it not been for a huge fund raising effort by villagers in Upleadon to find the money to carry out the necessary renovation. The church re-opened in 1969 thanks to those villagers who gave their time and money to save Upleadon Church for future generations.
The delightful service was conducted by the Rev’d Canon Richard Franklin and former vicars the Rev’d Pat Phillips and the Rev’d Ray Martin attended. Reports on the history and foundation of the church and on the events of 1966-1969 were read out during the service. Afterwards there were refreshments in the village hall together with a display of memorabilia relating to the closure and re-opening of the church and a film taken in 1969 of people attending the service. This proved very popular with villagers who could see faces from the past! Everyone who came to the celebration thoroughly enjoyed it and very many thanks to those who contributed in any way to the success of the afternoon. Thanks to PCC members especially Mrs. Janet Leighton and Mrs. Christine Draper.