Old Rivingtonians Thanksgiving Service - Sunday 15 October 2017 at 2.30pm

When Rivington Grammar School (founded in 1566 by ‘a local lad made good’) merged with the neighbouring Elizabethan Grammar School at Blackrod (founded 1568) in 1875, the result was the ‘new’ combined school on Rivington Lane, opened in 1882.

A decade later, the fine stone Victorian façade was extended further by the building of a beautiful memorial chapel, resulting from a tragic event. One of first boarders at the new school was Frederic Marshall, of Bolton’s famed Magee, Marshall & Co. brewing company, but Frederic sadly died after an operation at Bolton Infirmary in 1887, aged just 17.

Subsequently, his parents Daniel and Ellen approached the school governors offering funds to build a chapel in Frederic’s memory, and this was promptly accepted with enthusiasm and gratitude, with the chapel ultimately being dedicated on All Saints Day (1st Nov.) 1892. Accordingly, this year the chapel celebrates its Quasquicentennial , or 125th anniversary, a milestone which is to be marked by means of a special thanksgiving service organised by the Association of Old Rivingtonians (Founded 1904).

Three years ago, augmenting the school’s Rivington Remembers project (marking the centenary of the commencement of World War I), the Old Rivs. researched and published the comprehensive history of this lovely chapel for the first time. Struck by the many individual stories encompassed in the chapel’s fabric, furnishings and fixings, the publication was entitled Multum in Parvo (a great deal in a small space), and this lavishly illustrated booklet revealed hitherto unknown information, resulting from research into such aspects as the prolific Bolton-based architect, and the nationally-renowned suppliers of the beautiful stained glass windows, woodcarvings etc.

Many intriguing facts were unearthed, providing links between the chapel and such diverse topics as Blackpool’s piers and the Russian Revolution, and the realisation of some priceless British heritage shared with the Palace of Westminster.  

The thanksgiving service, to be held in the Chapel on Sunday, 15 October (2:30pm) has been specially compiled to evoke (via a series of tracts of text entitled ‘Reflections’) aspects of the chapel’s fascinating story, and to underline the important role the chapel has played in the life of the school, and the Association of its former alumni, over 125 years. The service will be conducted by guest minister, Rev. Gareth M. Thomas, and will feature two musical interludes by current pupils at the school.

A commemorative Order of Service booklet has been compiled, designed to serve as a permanent reminder of a significant anniversary, from the perspective of both the school and the local community.

October

15th

Sunday, 15th October 2017

Time: 2:30PM to 4:00PM
Location: School Chapel

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Bolton
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