Church and Community

St Paul’s in Sale celebrates its heritage with bells, balloons and Victorian tea and a cake ‘bake-off’

By Peter Trollope at

A day to remember – that’s the promise as St Paul’s Parish Church, in Springfield Road, Sale, opens its doors, and gardens, as part of the National English Heritage day celebrations on Saturday.

Bells, balloons, brass bands and the results of  a Victorian Afternoon Tea “bake-off ” are promised along with an exhibition of rare photographs of old Sale celebrating the community. Called  ‘A Walk Around Sale’ it features many views of the old Sale that disappeared in the 1970’s.

The view from the tower of St Paul's in the 1920's

”A WALK AROUND SALE”  The view from the tower of St Paul’s in the 1920’s looking towards the Town Hall

Who remembers the back row of the old Savoy Cinema

Who remembers kissing on the back row of the old Savoy Cinema?

A rare colour photograph of the Oswald Roland Taylor shop in Sale

A rare colour photograph of the Oswald Roland Taylor shop in Sale

The day begins at 10am and Michael Riley, the Parish Archivist says:”We are very pleased to support the National Heritage Day. It celebrates our glorious past, and what a past Sale has to offer.  We hope the  Sale community will respond – we have something for everyone all in just one day. St Paul’s is the heart of the community and Sale town centre and we are hoping for a bumper turn out.

 In the Church Hall throughout the day there will be Victorian Afternoon Teas,  home-made cakes and sandwiches.  Harpist Sarah Paterson  will be playing from 12:30 to 2-30pm. There will be a Barbeque on the south lawn from 12noon to 3pm.

There will be performances from the Sale Handbell Ringers at 11am, Bollin Morris – Old English Morris Dancing at 1:30pm, the impressive Cadishead Brass Band at 2:30pm and the St. Paul’s Church and Community Choir will also be making an appearance at 3:30pm. 


Do you remember these cottages on Washday Road in Sale

Where’s the traffic???  Do you remember these cottages on Washway Road in Sale

Professional Storyteller Helen Stewart will spin yarns and weave tales for all.  Activities for children and the young at heart will feature a ‘Traditional Punch and Judy Show’, Fun Time Magic Show, plate spinning, bouncy castle and period games, fun for all the family.

Highlights of the day will include guided tours of the Church Tower and Belfry, and for those who enjoy watching “Who Do You Think You Are” with an interest in family history, there will be a unique opportunity to view the Parish Registers.

There will be various exhibitions showing off many of St. Paul’s hidden gems, with displays of artefacts and vestments.

For further information telephone 0161-969-279