History expert heads to the Headland for 1400th anniversary of St Hilda

St Hilda's Church
St Hilda's Church

A HISTORY expert is heading for the Headland on Saturday as part of a year of events to mark the birth of St Hilda.

This year is the 1400th anniversary of the occasion, and a number of events have been taking place by a group set up in recognition of the Saint.

The next event is a presentation by Michelle Brown, a renowned expert on the Lindisfarne Gospels, on ‘The influence of Hilda and the Lindisfarne Gospels’.

It will take place on Saturday, September 13, from 10am.

This event, in St Hilda’s church, is free of charge to anyone who would like to come along and hear Michelle speak on this interesting subject.

A spokesman for the group said: “Throughout the year we are holding a number of special events and services to help us think more about St Hilda, her gifts and legacy, especially as she was Abbess of Hartlepool before moving on to Whitby.”

The church will also host “Hymns of Worship, Songs of Praise” on Saturday, September 20.

The event will conclude with a service of hymns, readings and prayers, open to everyone. All music will be provided, and although there is no charge there will be a collection to cover expenses.

Rehearsal will take place between 3pm-5pm, with the service getting underway at 6pm.

There will be a bring-and-share tea between the two.

Children are welcome but will need to be under the care of a responsible adult or, if unaccompanied, provide a parental consent form.

Anyone wishing to attend is asked to book places in advance so the copies of the music can be ready.

To book, call (01429) 870310 or email music@hartlepool-sthilda.org.uk

Volunteers have also produced a number of prayer leaflets during the year, each helping readers to think about a different aspect of St Hilda’s life, character or ministry.

For more information, email news@hartlepool-sthilda.org.uk or follow @StHildaHpool on Twitter.