The Founders of St. Georges FCE


  
Our founding members who became mortgagors for the plot of land on Archibald Street for the Church :
 
Reverend Henry George Sobey - Incumbent (Pictured above)
James Reason - Insurance agent
Frederick Henry Lowe - Paper Mill Labourer
William Mason - Spinner
John Barrett - Weaver
John James Harbour - Moulder
John Sutton - Cutterman
George Ralph Scarr - Mechanic
John James Livesey - Weaver
James Charnley - Spinner
Albert Eddleston - Weaver
Robert Knowles - Weaver
 
The following article appeared in the Blackburn Times on 27th April 1907 :

Opening of St
George's Mill Hill

 
St. George's Day, which occured on Tuesday, will be remembered with pleasure by the Free Church of England people of Mill Hill. On that day St. George's Church was opened for divine service. Friends came from all parts of Blackburn, and the success met with surpassed the expectations of both the Minister and his supporters. the doors of the Church were opened at 6.45pm, and by 7.15pm the building was full. The pastor, the Rev. H. G. Sobey asked the congregation to join with the choir in singing a hymn,"Sun of my
soul" so as to relieve the monotony of waiting. The service began at 7.30pm promptly. The hymn, "Pleasant are Thy Courts Above" was sung, after which a full Church service was taken. The anthem, "O taste and see" by Sir John Goss, was excellently rendered, and reflected much credit on the choirmaster (Mr E. Tabiner) and the organist (Mr. Brooke). Mr Sobey, in accordance with the unanimous wish of the people was the preacher. His text was taken from II Chronicles v 13. At the close of the service the te Deum was sung. The collection for the day, including gifts and contributions, amounted to upwards of £85.