Margaret is a real diamond - 75 years attending the same Wisbech church

Margaret Bailey celebrates 75 years as a member of the church,

Margaret Bailey celebrates 75 years as a member of the church, - Credit: Archant

A woman has reached a milestone achievement after being a member of the same church for 75 years.

Margaret Bailey celebrates 75 years as a member of Wisbech church,

Margaret Bailey celebrates 75 years as a member of Wisbech church, - Credit: Archant

Margaret Bailey has been a member of St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Wisbech, since 1941.

As the Second World War raged she began her church association at the town centre venue and throughout her life has taken on a number of roles over the years.

As a child she attended Sunday school then went on to teach others.

She joined the choir at 18, married in the church in 1958 and was a founder member of the Young Wives group.


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Margaret has been a member of The Mothers Union for 55 years and is still an active member of the church and the Parochial Church Council.

As the congregation prepares to welcome Mathew Bradbury as the new priest in charge at his licensing service in October, Margaret will be able to say she has seen many changes during her time there.

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In fact, during her time there she has seen seven different clergyman.

Significant church changes in more than seven decades of Margaret being at St Peter and St Paul’s.

• 1947 Dead sea scrolls are discovered.

• 1948 World Council of Churches organised.

• 1950 Mother Teresa founds Missionaries of Charity.

• 1954 Methodist Church ordain women.

• 1954 Evangelist preacher Billy Graham makes his first crusade to the UK.

• 1964 - Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras I meet - the first meeting of Roman Catholic and Orthodox church leaders since 15th century.

• 1992 First Anglican female clergy are ordained.

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