Church of St Cross, ClaytonDistance: 0.4 miTourist Information Ashton New Road, Clayton, Manchester, united Kingdom Manchester,
The Church of St Cross, Clayton, Manchester, is a Victorian church by William Butterfield, built in 1863–66. It was designated a Grade II* listed building on 18 December 1963.The church is very tall, in Butterfield's trademark red brick, with blue brick and pale stone banding. The style is Middle Pointed. To the south-west, the church has a high tower, "narrow and tall, with slender angle buttresses and a steep pyramidal roof of banded slate, and a gabled south porch with 2-centred arched doorway".The interior has lost most of its furnishings but remains "unmistakably Butterfield". It has a timber-framed roof with five-bay arcades, with patterns of coloured stone and tiles that have been echoed in late 20th century stencilling. There is some notable stained glass of the patron saints of the British Isles.The churchyard contains the war graves of seven soldiers of World War I and two of World War II.
The Manchester Regional Arena is a multipurpose stadium in Manchester, England, primarily used for athletics and rugby league.HistoryIt was originally developed as the warm-up track for the 2002 Commonwealth Games held at the adjacent Eitihad Stadium. It has hosted the AAA Championships and Paralympic World Cup, and was the reserve home ground of the Manchester City reserve team prior to moving to Ewen Fields in June 2010. It also served as the home of the Manchester City Ladies' side until their move to the adjacent Academy Stadium in the Etihad Campus in 2014.With both Manchester City teams moving out of the ground by the beginning of 2015, their tenure was replaced by amateur rugby league side Manchester Rangers.
Designed by acclaimed architect EW Pugin for the Franciscan Order, the Church and Friary were the hub of the local community until the 1970s when housing clearances removed much of the congregation. Abandoned by the Friars in 1989 the buildings became derelict, prey to thieves and vandals, until a campaign was started to try and save them. The Monastery is now owned and operated by the Charitable Trust that raised over £9.5m to restore the buildings and return them to their rightful place at the heart of the local and wider communities.
The Church and Friary of St Francis, known locally as Gorton Monastery, is a 19th-century former Franciscan friary in Gorton, Manchester, England. The Franciscans arrived in Gorton in December 1861 and built their friary between 1863 and 1867. Most of the building work was done by the friars themselves, with a brother acting as clerk of works. The foundation stone for the church was laid in 1866 and completed in 1872; it closed for worship in 1989. It is a prominent example of High Victorian Gothic architecture, and has been listed with Grade II* status since 1963. It was designed by Edward Welby Pugin (1834–1875), whose father, A.W.N. Pugin, promoted the revival of Gothic as the style of architecture which was the ideal expression of Roman Catholic faith and worship in church buildings.Modern developmentsIn 1997, Gorton Monastery was placed on the World Monuments Fund Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World alongside Pompeii, the Taj Mahal and the Valley of the Kings.The church and associated friary buildings underwent a £6 million restoration programme supported by funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage and European Regional Development Fund. The project was completed in June 2007 when the restored buildings opened as a venue for conferences, business meetings and community events. The building is also used for a range of concerts.
Funerals: The Creoginity approach to Fonder Farewells Distance: 1.2 miTourist Information The Monastery, 89 Gorton Lane Manchester, United Kingdom M12 5WF 07927 734 419
Research points to shifts in expectations around the funeral culture; a need to change patterns laid down in Victorian England and create a more open, honest and expressive spectrum of approaches to death and bereavement.
While some people want a very traditional "send off" where mourners wear black and the 23rd Psalm sets the standard, increasingly people are asking for secular music, visual stimulation and humour. Most want less religion and more humanity, feeling this better reflects the life of the people they mourn.
Funerals: Fonder Farewells is a place where Humanist, Pagan, Christian and Interfaith approaches can be explored individually or woven into bespoke services that authentically reflect the person being honoured.
Those who have taken part in Creoginity Funeral Facilitators workshops are welcome to join, alongside others who have experienced our services as funeral facilitators or who share our interest in developing approaches that take account of belief, grieving, culture, philosophy, character and more to help loved ones through the funeral journey.