On Sunday, 29th April 2007, the parish celebrated the centenary of this little church, with a two-day exhibition, and a special service of Evensong.
“All in the April Evening” sung at Evensong by St. Paul’s choir brought to a close three days of celebrations in Fell Church to mark its centenary, all that remained was a visit to the grave of Henrietta and Sophia Arkwright in Grange Cemetery. Members of the congregation made their way up the hill after the service to lay flowers as a tribute to the two sisters who were responsible for the purchase of land and building the mission church a hundred years ago. Earlier in the day members of the Fell congregation enjoyed a buffet lunch kindly donated by two of their number. It was interesting to learn from the Rector’s sermon at Evensong that though numbers attending Fell Church are quite small the average weekly attendance of about thirty per week has remained constant over the past hundred years.
An exhibition in church during the week displayed many photographs and archive material one aspect of which dealt with the benefactors, their family background and the countless ways in which they influenced life in Grange. Other displays showed the development of the community on “Upper Grange” and the history of Fell Church which had actually begun many years earlier when local residents met in “The Church Room” at number 7 Fell Cottages for services and fellowship.
During the two open days about 120 people visited the little church to admire floral arrangements, generously given by Grange Flower Services, to view photographs and peruse the documents on display, many visitors returning for a second visit as there was too much to take in at one time. Descendants of the first residents and people still living in the cottages were happy to relate their recollections to those present adding an extra buzz to the event.
A booklet “A History of Worship in Higher Grange” was on sale and that too proved very popular. (Some copies still available in church or by ringing 34352)