“5 into 1” will tell story of Colne churches’ history

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THE Colne and Villages Team Ministry is one of the first groups in the United Kingdom to receive the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This exciting project “5 into 1”, led by Colne and Villages Team Ministry, has been given £8,500 to tell the story of the social history of its five churches from the 1950s to the present day.

All Our Stories, a brand new small grant programme, launched earlier this year in support of BBC Two’s the Great British Story, has been designed as an opportunity for everyone to get involved in their heritage.

With HLF funding and support, community groups will carry out activities that help people explore, share and celebrate their local heritage.

The popular series presented by historian Michael Wood and supported by a programme of BBC learning activities and events got thousands of us asking questions about our history and inspired us to look at out history in a different way through the eyes of ordinary people.

The programme and HLF All Our Stories proved a real hit and now “5 into 1” is one of hundreds of successful projects around the UK to receive a grant.

The Colne and Villages Team Ministry consists of five churches, each of which provides a place of worship, fellowship and ministry team that delivers a number of activities for the communities they serve.

This project will encourage all ages to explore the history of each of the five churches and recall the popular characters that have served, worshiped and supported them with a view to understanding why the churches in the past had large vibrant congregations as opposed to the dwindling ones of today.

TV presenter and historian Michael Wood said: “We British love our history, and no wonder.

“Few nations in the world, if any, have such riches on their doorstep, and so much of it accessible to all of us.

“It is really tremendous that the people from the five churches in Colne, Foulridge, Trawden and Laneshaw Bridge have been inspired to get involved to tell their own story and to dig deeper into their own past.

“It’s brilliant that so many people are being given the chance to get involved through All Our Stories grants.

“Having travelled the length and breadth of the British Isle this last year filming the Great British story, I am certain that fascinating and moving stories will be uncovered which will not only bring to life the excitement of local history but will illuminate and enrich every community’s connection with the national narrative.”

Lynne Mitchell, parish development officer for Colne and Villages Team Ministry, said: “It’s great that we have been awarded this grant and cannot wait to get started.

“Church members have told us so many stories about the churches in the past and the characters that attended them that we thought that this was an ideal opportunity to document what people were saying and to capture the passion and spirit in which these stories are told.”

And Sara Hilton, head of the Heritage Lottery Fun North West said: “Clearly the success of All Our Stories has reinforced the fact that we are indeed a nation of story tellers and that we want to explore and dig deeper into our past and discover more about what really matters to us.

“This is exactly what the grant will do for the ‘5 into 1’ as they embark on a real journey of discovery.”