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This picture was taken after our morning service in April 2019



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    Social Events for 2020
Annual Charity Quiz
Saturday – 22nd February 2020

In support of:

Médecins Sans Frontières,
Hope for Justice,
& Bury Unitarian Church

7.15 for 7.30 pm prompt start

Tickets £8.00 inclusive of
Pie & Peas Supper
BYO Drinks & Nibbles

Tickets available from
Sue Mitchell - 01204 880484

Tottington Brass Band - 25th April

Strawberry Tea - 20th June

Rossendale Male Voice Choir  -
3rd October

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Kate & Ade are

Our minister, Rev. Kate McKenna and Adrian Brady, were married at Bury Unitarian Church on Saturday 5th October.

This is wonderful news and we all wish them both every happiness.

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300th Anniversary Celebrations
On Sunday the first of December, 2019, we achieved 300 years of Unitarian Worship in Bury. In a church service, followed by a social gathering, the people below helped us to celebrate this momentous occasion: Ceilia Cartwright - GA President; John Allerton - Past Minister; Beryl Allerton - Past Minister; Anne Mills - GA Vice President; Barry Dixon - Lord Lieutenant of Manchester Deputy; Jill Dixon - Barry's wife; Councillor Trevour Holt - Mayor of Bury; Rev. Kate Brady McKenna (Present Minister); Susan Holt - Chair of Trustees; Neville Kenyon; Roger Mills; and Susan Mitchell.               

Click here to see lots more pictures from this momentous event

Anne Mills
Our GA
Vice President!

Last year was the 300th annniversary of a Unitarian church on this site!

What, then, could be more fitting than for our current Chair of the Congregation and Secretary to the Church Council than to become the Vice-President of the GA, in the same year? Anne was installed in this post during the General Assembly Annual Meetings last April. In April this year she will become the second President to be appointed from this church.

Many congratulations, Anne!!

See below for a few words from Anne about her official duties.


Our Church has its origins in the late 17th century, its first chapel being built in 1719. The current building of 1974 is the congregation's fourth in the town.

 We are the oldest nonconformist congregation in Bury.

Click to read more about our past, including material about the past Heywood congregation

Bury Unitarian Church
1 Bank Street

0161 761 3785





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Recent Events

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BGS Wreath Laying at Holebottom

Harvest 2018

Murder Mystery Event

Christmas Lunch after "Teddy Bear" Service

Fairtrade Service 2019

Mothering Sunday

Quiz 2019

GA Meetings 2019

Victoria Wood Statue Unveiling Ceremony

 Strawberry Tea 2019

Wedding of Peter & Lorraine

WL Talk - "Women of Nepal"

Wedding of Kate & Ade 

Murder Mystery Evening

300th Anniversary

Christmas 2019


On November 17th, I conducted the service at Flowergate Chapel, where Roger and I were made very welcome; at the end of the service, we celebrated the Golden Wedding Anniversary of two of their members, with afternoon tea---a lovely touch. Flowergate Chapel is truly a hidden gem; it is not visible from the street, but tucked away behind a dull green, wooden gate, and its exterior notice-board is obscured by a street-lamp. This is a great pity, as the chapel is delightful---simple, and tranquil, with some beautiful stained-glass windows. We were able to try out a newly-prepared audio-tour, which took us round the town (not without mishap!) and gave much information about Francis Haydn Williams, a former Minister, and something of a revolutionary; see the Flowergate website for further details! December brought many services at Bury; on December 1st, at our 300th Anniversary Service, I welcomed visitors to our church, as well as conveying the greetings of those who had been unable to attend.

At our Carol Service, I sang with the choir, and also presented thoughts on how we might approach the Christmas-season. I attended services at Bury, on the 15th, 22nd, 25th, and 29th of December, and went to Padiham's Candlelight Carol Service, on the 15th---an excellent service, enhanced by the trees of their Christmas Tree Festival. An event of a rather different kind took me to Atherton, on Saturday, December 21st, when I attended the memorial service for the Pretoria Pit Disaster there. This occurred in 1910, with a new memorial-stone being erected 100 years later; the memorial-stone is inscribed with all 344 names of the miners who died when an explosion occurred, and the tremendous loss of life is commemorated annually; wreaths are laid, and the National Union of Mineworkers' banner pays silent tribute, too. Rev. Lynne Readett is the first Unitarian Minister to be asked to conduct the service of remembrance, which I felt was worthy of support---and very moving I found it.

January began busily, with two services to attend on the 5th: Brenda Catherall conducted her last service at Chowbent before she retired, and I was privileged to be able to present the greetings of the GA, to congratulate her on a highly-successful 30-year ministry, and to wish her a long and happy retirement; the day was also Brenda's 64th birthday, so she had much to celebrate. In the afternoon, I attended the service at Rawtenstall, when a triptych, specially-commissioned by the Lancashire Collaborative Ministry, was unveiled; each painting, by local artist, Joyce Wicks, had been inspired by scenes from the chapel-windows, and they were superb. Ade read a piece in which he argued that the hymn, "Jerusalem", was the perfect hymn for Unitarians, as it questioned everything and urged everyone to fight for freedom and right. Kate and Marian sang with Roundelay, whose music filled the chapel wonderfully---altogether, a different but inspiring service. On January 12th, I conducted my first service of 2020, at Bank Street Bolton where I received the warm welcome I have become accustomed to receiving there; they are always a most appreciative congregation.

The incoming GA Vice-President, who will serve from April, 2020, for a year, is Rev. Sue Woolley, who ministers to The Midland District; I have sent our congratulations; she will do an excellent job, I know!

                Click here to read all Anne's diary entries since her installation


Most of our services are conducted by our minister
Rev. Kate Brady McKenna

Click here to read about Kate

Our morning services are held on Sunday mornings commencing
at 11.15 am

(10.55 am on Remembrance Sunday)

All are welcome to attend

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We have a parents and children's area within the church.



Bury's Teaparty
Other Events

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The Traidcraft stall selling
fairly-traded goods is open for business from
12.15 pm to 12.45 pm, normally on the 1st and 3rd Sundays in the month.


Bury Unitarian Church
1 Bank Street

0161 761 3785


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Queries about GDPR should be addressed to the Church Secretary.


Bury's Cultural Quarters

Our Church is situated in Bury's Cultural Quarter and is surrounded
by buildings of architectural and cultural significance

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We have a range of social, educational and recreational activities and the Church is regularly used by other organisations.

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