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450 and still going strong!

Members of a South Lakes church have published a special book to celebrate its 450th anniversary.

Jesus Church at Troutbeck, near Windermere, celebrated the landmark anniversary last year.

Now 16 members of the congregation have collaborated to write and publish the 32 page book which looks into the church’s history.

It’s also a social history of Troutbeck itself, with articles from residents – two of whom are in their 90s – about village life over the years.

Geoff Brown, treasurer of the church, said: “It’s been a great team effort.

“The church has such an interesting history which, married with reminiscences about village life, makes for a great read.”

The idea for the booklet was first suggested by Judy Dootson, secretary of the church’s Parochial Church Council.

Rev David Wilmot, the vicar of Jesus Church, said: “We’re hugely grateful to Judy for her inspiration and leading the team who wrote the booklet.’’

“I’m tremendously encouraged by the way in which the village has got together to celebrate the life of its parish church. The booklet is very good indeed.”

Last year the Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Rev James Newcome, visited the church for a re-dedication service.

The booklet reveals that the church was consecrated twice, firstly in 1562 by the Bishop of Chester and then the following year by the then Archbishop of Canterbury (Matthew Parker, commonly known as ‘Nosey’ Parker!).

It is on sale at the church or village shop for £3 with donations to local charities.
Details can also be found on the Troutbeck website

For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Officer, on 07984 927434 or at or the Ven Richard Pratt on 01900 66190.

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