ON August 1 Lansdowne Crescent Methodist Church will be celebrating the laying of the foundation stone 150 years ago.

There will be a short service of thanksgiving at 10.30am, followed by coffee and an anniversary cake, and all are welcome to join this celebration.

When the foundation stone was laid, underneath it was placed a time capsule containing copies of newspapers, the names of officials of the Methodist Church and coins of the realm. This was found a few months ago when the weathered foundation stone was replaced; items of significance today were added to the capsule before it was put back under the new stone.

On August 1, 1865 special trains at cheap fares were run from as far afield as Wolverhampton, Bristol and Abergavenny so that Methodists could attend the laying of the foundation stone. The trains only ran as far as Malvern Link and Malvern Wells stations, so that the genteel areas of Great Malvern were not disturbed.

We cannot run special trains on August 1, but we hope that members and friends past and present will join us at Lansdowne Crescent for the first of our 150th Anniversary Celebrations. For more information go to www.lansdownemethodist.org.uk