Church diocese relishes centenary celebrations

Canon David Bliss with the special Hendersons Relish and Celebration Beer marling 100 years of the Diocese
Canon David Bliss with the special Hendersons Relish and Celebration Beer marling 100 years of the Diocese
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Bitter and Hendo’s helped things go with a swing during celebrations to mark the Sheffield Diocese centenary.

Rotherham Minster was the latest port of call in a programme of events celebrating 100 years of the Church of England diocese.

Celebrations began at Sheffield Cathedral in June and have also visited Doncaster, Maltby and Barnsley.

The Reverend Canon David Bliss, vicar of Rotherham, welcomed everyone to the latest celebration with custom-brewed bottles of Doncaster Brewery’s Centenary Ale and special label bottles of Sheffield’s famous Henderson’s Relish.

He was joined by Olympian and Commonwealth Games medal winner Rebecca Turner, a student at Sheffield Hallam University who brought along her freestyle relay swimming medals.

A guided tour of the Minster was followed by a visit to the famous Chapel on the Bridge and a look at the former jail cells underneath.

There was also a chance to see heritage displays and exhibitions put together by parishes from around the town and a chance to take part in worship.

One of the displays explored the life of Thomas Rotherham, who rose to become Archbishop of York and founded Rotherham Grammar School.

The year will climax with a final event at Sheffield Cathedral on Sunday, November 23, attended by the Most Reverend Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York.