Event Review: Heritage Talk at St Marie’s – World War One Remembrance

The St Marie’s Heritage Group were delighted to welcome almost 40 attendees to St Marie’s on Saturday 19th November who got the chance to listen to Mike McNicholas talk on the First World War.

Mike skillfully took attendees on a tour of World War 1 War graves and the battles that led to so much loss of life. Widnes men who dies were remembered.


Here’s the feedback we collected on the day:

Was there anything you particularly liked?

– The personal stories that Mike told were particularly interesting.
– Excellent. Would have him again. Very knowledgeable.
– Excellent and informative.
– Wonderful presentation. Very moving talk from an informed, caring man.
– A really great talk from a knowledgeable individual who made it ‘come alive’!
– Fab venue, fab people, well done.
– Very good – no complaints
– Very knowledgeable & interesting. We should ask him back again!
– Mike really made it interesting with his anecdotes, some serious, some funny. Very interesting subject. Lovely afternoon. Again!

Was there anything you particularly disliked?

– I am a touch deaf. Louder/Mikes could improves.
– No.

Any ideas for future Heritage Events at St Marie’s?

– Widnes rugby players and their fates in the two wars.
– Repeat of showing Baptism, Marriage details of St Marie’s.
– Another talk by Mike perhaps? (Just an enquiry – do you have access to a radio microphone – it is a shame to miss anything!)
– Christmas fayres and coral singing. Open Days.
– Anything to do with Widnes RL – player – who might have fought in the war?
– Music Event of Religious Music as we sang here in 1950s
– Sports history, boxing, RL etc ?
– A talk about the building of the Church, particularly the Altar – Beautiful.
– Not at moment.


Places are still available for our next event, a Christmas Concert with The Knights Choir on Wednesday 14th December. E-mail mroberts@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk or call (01928) 592 405 to book your free place.

Christmas Concert with The Knight’s Choir

The Knights ChoirThe St Marie’s Heritage Group are proud to invite you to attend our next event; a Christmas Concert with The Knight’s Choir.

It’s on Wednesday 14th December starting at 19.30. As always, places are free, but please do book a place as numbers are limited.

The Knight’s Choir require little in the way of introduction. They are famous in Widnes and surrounding areas for their beautiful performances in Church Services. At our Christmas Concert they’ll be singing a mixture of traditional Christmas Carols and famous Christmas songs (such as “White Christmas”). It promises to be a beautiful evening in a building which is always historic and atmospheric. There’s something about the acoustics in St Marie’s which make any performance sound that little bit more special.

Why better way could there be to get your own Christmas started?

To reserve you place, please contact Matthew Roberts via mroberts@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk or (01928) 592 405.