St James Church in Dalby Celebrates 175th Anniversary

A number of special events were organised in Dalby this summer to celebrate the 175th anniversary of St James Church, including an exhibition, a special service and in conclusion an anniversary concert.

The popular exhibition, which was held during Manx National Week, provided an extensive opportunity for visitors to find out more about life in Dalby, with a comprehensive array of information and memorabilia.

It was based on the success of a previous exhibition, with additional material spreading throughout the church and overflowing into the schoolroom.

The displays highlighted daily life within the village both past and present, but also provided snapshots of some of the more famous people associated with the area; with a variety of home-made refreshments on offer in true Dalby style.

Other celebrations included a special anniversary service, followed a week later by a concert in the church itself, featuring some of the Island’s finest singers and musicians, with wine and canapés during the interval.

Valerie Caine

© July 2014