History

In 1878 the Parish Priest of S. Mary Abbot in Kensington London, Dr. William Dalrymple Maclagan was made Bishop of Lichfield. He had worked hard in the Parish of S. Mary and his parishioners wished to show their appreciation in some way. The new Bishop asked that a sum of money be given for the maintenance of one or more curates in the Black Country which was part of his new Diocese.

The district that he chose was West Coseley with Swan Village.

In 1879 it became a Mission District and Fr. George Castriot de Renzi left the Parish of Cradley Heath to become its first Mission Priest.

Bp. Maclagan visited West Coseley in Dec. 1881 and announced that The Earl of Dudley had given a site for the new church together with £1000 towards the cost.

The Foundation stone was laid just 3 months later on St. Chad’s Day 2nd March 1882.

The church took only 12 months to build and was consecrated on 28th March 1883 and became a separate Parish on 14th April 1884.

The Church is built of red brick and supported by stone pillars after the Early English style of Victorian Gothic architecture. It has a chancel, nave, north & south aisles and a porch at the west end. The Lady Chapel lies at the east end of the south aisle and contains the only pillar that is carved.

The Church was originally built with a small spire housing a single bell (the spire was removed in 1967 and replaced with a bell housing at the west end of the south aisle).

The sacristy is part of the original building but the choir vestry was added in 1923 and the organ chamber in 1925.

From the very first St. Chad’s was influenced by the ˜Catholic Revival and ˜The Oxford Movement in The Church of England. Fr de Renzi introduced altar lights as soon as they were considered legal in the Church of England in 1892 and by 1920 incense was being used and the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the Lady Chapel.

This caused members of the Protestant Reformation Society to stand outside church on some Sunday mornings and hurl missiles & insults at the congregation.

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Craft Fair

February 17, 2018, 11:00am - February 17, 2018, 3:00pm

The Craft Fair is being held in the Church Hall with local Crafters exhibiting their talents. Items can be brought and ordered on the day. Refreshments will be sale and entrance is free.

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Let’s start a dementia friendly community cinema in Coseley!

January 22, 2018, 10:00am - January 22, 2018, 1:00pm

East Coseley Big Local and Black Country Touring are looking for enthusiastic people to drop by and join them to chat, plan and share ideas to potentially start a dementia friendly community cinema within the Coseley area. We will be talking with Olivia James of Black Country Touring about starting and planning for a community cinema in Coseley. On the day, Lee Allen, Dementia Friends volunteer champion from the Alzheimer’s Society, will be delivering a Dementia Information Session for anyone interested to learn more about dementia and how it can affect people’s lives. If you would like to get involved and come along please let us know, and also whether you would like to bring anyone along with you, by contacting neil@eastcoseleybiglocal.net Date: Monday 22nd January Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm Venue: The Apple Tree Inn, 5 Central Drive, Bilston, WV14 9EW All welcome! Here’s a bit of background information for the day: What is a dementia friendly cinema? A dementia friendly community cinema provides a safe, welcoming and fun environment for people, families and carers living with dementia. The cinema is open to the whole community but the screenings are enhanced to suit the needs of people living with dementia who may feel a little isolated in the community. What is a Dementia Friends Information Session? A Dementia Friends Information Session is a fun, interactive way to learn a little about dementia and how it can affect people’s lives. Led by a volunteer Dementia Friends Champion, the Session lasts 45-60 minutes and covers five key messages that everyone should know about dementia, through activities and discussion. What is East Coseley Big Local? East Coseley Big Local is an exciting opportunity for residents to make a massive and lasting positive difference to their community. It brings together all the local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make the area an even better place to live. Big Local is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and managed by Local Trust. There are 150 Big Local areas in England which have been allocated £1million each. East Coseley was selected as a Big Local area by the Big Lottery Fund in 2011. Find out more at www.eastcoseleybiglocal.net.

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