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21st October 19
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St Anne's Church

St. Anne’s Church is used for celebrations at times of festivals such as Harvest and Christmas. Class worship is also held in church, with a different class planning and leading it every half term.  The church building and grounds are also studied as part of the school curriculum.

St Anne's Church plays a key role in our school.  We enjoy leading our worship there and we regularly invite the congregation to events at school such as half termly coffee mornings, spirituality days, Christmas lunch and our Y6 musical show.  Mrs Shipley, a member of the church, runs KS1 Christian Club each Tuesday in school and Mrs Robson and Mrs Ashcroft sometimes lead worship.

Rev Paul is instrumental in the delivery of our collective worship each Wednesday and he has also been involved in the RE curriculum, talking to pupils about God and the church; he is also one of our foundation governors.

We have recently held our Harvest service with Rev Paul and the congregation, when we supported both our local community by donating food products and also Bishop Julian's Harvest Appeal, raising money to support the Mulanje orphans in Malawi.  You can find more information at:  www.blackburn.anglican.org/bishop-julian-s-harvest-appeal-2019

We are looking forward to working with St Anne's Church and our Gardening Group as part of the Christmas Angel Festival ... keep a look out for angels popping up!

Our link to St Anne's Church is here.

Church History

Copp Church was built in 1723, a simple rectangular building with four windows on either side. It was called Copp Chapel and was what is known as a chapel of ease for St. Michael's Church which had previously been the only anglican church in the neighbourhood. 

After the Battle of Waterloo, in 1815, Parliament made certain grants to churches as an offering of thanks. The King’s Arms at the west end of the south aisle mark the receipt of such a grant in 1818.

The church was enlarged in 1840 and the tower was raised. In 1847 the large Diocese of Chester, in which Copp had been, was divided and Copp was now in the Diocese of Manchester. Two years later, in 1849, the independent parish of Copp St. Anne was formed, incorporating the villages of Great Eccleston, Elswick and Little Eccleston-with-Larbreck. Little Eccleston had previously been in the parish of Kirkham, though the inhabitants had worshipped at Copp which was of easy access across the fields.

As the church is dedicated to St. Anne, she is depicted in the window along with St. Thomas. St Anne is also depicted in the more modern window in memory of Miss Mary Ellen Bradshaw. As Miss Bradshaw taught for many years in the school, St. Anne is shown teaching the Virgin Mary as a child.

In 1884 the church was enlarged again into the church we know today. The exterior was now clad with Yorkshire stone, the tower raised to 45 feet, choir stalls fitted and the old box pews replaced with open seating. An organ was installed in 1886, replacing the earlier harmonium which in turn had replaced the instrumentalists playing in the gallery.