The Christian Heritage Centre, Rowley Regis, Birmingham, now in its fifth year, held its popular annual cream tea and second-hand book sale on the second Saturday in August.
More than 100 visitors passed through the centre. A body of interested supporters have been regular at these special events, which is encouraging and helpful for the ongoing nature of this work. What was particularly heartening about this occasion was the number of completely new visitors who seemed delighted that such a work was being done.
During the afternoon, one visitor brought along a small collection of Bibles and hymn books from the 1840s and 1850s, which he wanted to donate. What was fascinating about this collection was that the books bore the names of Edwin Danks and members of his family.
Edwin Danks was a prominent member of the Methodist New Connexion in the Oldbury area of the Black Country, and founder of the nationally known Edwin Danks and Co, makers of Lancashire Boilers, later becoming steel-tube manufacturers.
This kind of story will hopefully furnish an article in the local paper, The Black Country Bugle, and affords a good opportunity for making the work of the Heritage Centre more widely known.
Several interesting collections of theological books have been donated of late. Miss Elizabeth Crump of Dudley is at present forming them into the basis of a library. We are most thankful to supporters up and down the country who have sent donations and to all who have supported the work these five years with prayer and practical help.
We are always ready to receive items, papers, books, or anything of interest, that helps us portray the massive and valuable Christian heritage of our country.
Groups such as school classes, history groups, ladies’ and men’s meetings, young people’s groups and Sunday school classes are always welcome. Special times of opening can be arranged by mutual agreement (More information at www.christianheritagecentre.org.uk; also, see ET events column, p.4).