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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 16th October, 2014)

The Sanctuary of St Wilfrid's, Standish.


The Sanctuary of St Wilfrid's, Standish.
The church was decorated for the Harvest Festival celebrated the day before the picture was taken. The picture was taken on Michaelmas Day, September 29th, when St Michael the Archangel is celebrated. The four figures flanking the centre of the reredos (that's the panel behind the High Altar) represent the four Archangels - Uriel, Gabriel, Michael and Raphael.

Photo: Rev David Long  (Sony SLT-A65V)
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Comment by: Mick on 16th October 2014 at 08:00

I was named after St Michael the Archangel.
I remember once asking my mother why there was only me out of five of us in our family who only had one christian name.
She said because I was named after the head angel Michael and one was good enough.

Comment by: Helen on 16th October 2014 at 08:33

I love the colours of the flowers arrangements, skilfully done. Also the two small sheaves of corn by the altar, below that wonderful window. As a child in Holland Moor, many of us kids at the time of the corn harvest, would be in the fields behind the houses, running behind the machine that chucked out the sheaves, we would stand them up in stooks and in case you are wondering if that all took place in the year crumb, it was about 1950 actually.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 16th October 2014 at 08:52

Very pleasing picture, Rev.

Great lighting and well balanced.

Comment by: Kathleen on 16th October 2014 at 08:57

What a beautiful church and well done to whoever arranged the flowers!

Comment by: Bradshaws Girl on 16th October 2014 at 09:58

Thanks for another great pic Rev.
I have just bought a book "LANCASHIRE WHO LIES BENEATH?" In St Wilfrid's churchyard is a grave containing the ashes of a world famous opera singer Eva Turner. Never heard of her until I read this book.

Comment by: Colin Barnes on 16th October 2014 at 12:15

Hello Bradshaws Girl how ya doing?.Eva Turner wa born in Werneth in Oldham in 1892 she died on the 16th June1990 aged 98.Was there any significance that she was buried in Standish.She was trained in London and Milan and was once engaged to an Italian musical director.At the age of 91 she was surpiised by Eamomn Andrews and appeared on This Is Your Life.She had a very accomplished career and was well respected in her field.Why Standish ?.

Comment by: Roy on 16th October 2014 at 13:38

I think she lived in Standish at one point with her parents.

Comment by: Mick on 16th October 2014 at 13:52

Margery Booth the Opera Singer was born in Wigan

And Kathleen Ferrier the Opera Singer was from Walton Le Dale Preston.

Ive never heard of Eva Turner Standish connection.

Comment by: Anne on 16th October 2014 at 14:46

This picture has everything.

Comment by: Bradshaws Girl on 16th October 2014 at 14:56

Hi Colin, Eva Turner's ashes are in her parents grave. Her father was from Wigan but I don't think she ever lived here.

Comment by: Lizziedownunder on 16th October 2014 at 21:32

Never been inside St Wilfs....beautiful photo Rev David....hope you are keeping well...cheers!!

Comment by: Giovanni on 18th October 2014 at 10:08

So that's who the Ninja Turtles are named after!

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