Other Celebrations

2018 is shaping up to be a pretty special year…

Not only does it mark St Helens 150th anniversary of receiving its Royal Charter from Queen Victoria in 1868, but the borough also celebrates its 70th anniversary of the twinning with the Germany city of Stuttgart, among other celebrations.

Twin Towns

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Liverpool 2018 – Everyday. Everyone.

A decade on from European Capital of Culture, Liverpool is celebrating like only Liverpool can!

It’s 10th anniversary promises to be a kaleidoscope of colour, fun, culture, sport, art, festivals and much, much more.

Events include the coming of the Terracotta Warriors to Liverpool Museum, Tall Ships Regatta, Tate Liverpool at 30, Africa Oye, The Clothes Show Live, Liverpool International Music Festival, Pride 2018, Liverpool Biennial and Feast of Fire.

You can find out more about Liverpool 2018 here

The NHS at 70

The National Health Service is turning 70 on 5th July 2018. It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, to appreciate the vital role the service plays in our lives, and to recognise and thank the extraordinary NHS staff – the everyday heroes – who are there for us day in, day out.

You can find out more about NHS 70 here

World War 1 Centenary: Marking a 100 years since the end of the conflict

2018 will see the final year of our national commemorations, remembering the bravery of those who fought, lived and died in the First World War.

In commemoration and remembrance of the end of the war and the many millions who were killed or came home wounded, 1000 Beacons of Light will be lit at 7pm on 11th November 2018 throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories – a century after the guns fell silent. The event also commemorates the huge army of men and women on the home front who, often in dangerous and exhausting conditions, underpinned the war effort – keeping the wheels of industry turning and bringing the harvests home, to ensure the nation did not starve.

The Beacons will symbolise the ‘light of hope’ that emerged from the darkness of war.

Within the borough, the designated locations for the Beacon is Billinge. Further information will be available on the Events page in due course.

You can find out more about Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute and the Lighting of the Beacons here

Celebrating the anniversary of female Suffrage

2018 is the 100-year anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which granted some women the right to vote in British parliamentary elections for the very first time. The number of women who were allowed to vote was limited – they had to be over the age of 30 and meet minimum property qualifications.

Coincidently it is the 90th anniversary this year, when all women over the age of 21 received the right to vote. In 1928 the government extend the Representation of the People Act, to give women equal rights to vote on the same terms as men.

The vote for women was only won after years of campaigning and protesting throughout the Victorian era and beyond.

‘Helen’ is a commission by the Heart of Glass from the award-winning Anu Productions and Idle Women. It explores women’s persistence and resistance through the years. It touches upon the inequalities that women have had to endure and looks to the future. The production will take place in October 2018.

You can find out more on the women’s suffrage movement and activities taking place this year nationally, here and here.

Prayer 150 campaign

A 12-month campaign has been launched by churches in the borough to pray for St Helens and its people in the town’s 150th anniversary year.

Prayer 150 aims to encourage more people to pray for the well-being and transformation of the borough in a landmark year for the town.

Each month will see a different theme to be accompanied by an online video and prayer cards. The project aims to engage both churches and individuals, both of which can sign up online and follow developments on social media. Prayer cards will be made available via churches in each month of 2018 with the ideas on for distribution to members.

You can find out more by emailing Prayer for St Helens and following the campaigns Facebook and Twitter pages.

In addition, our Pentecost event will take place in the Spring 2018.