Looking for a fireworks display in Loughton this weekend? St John the Baptist are holding a display on Saturday 3rd November and the event is between 6 pm to 9 pm. This year they are hoping to sell as many tickets as possible beforehand to help with queueing and congestion on the night.
So, if you want to go along to this display in Loughton tickets can be ordered by calling 07383 489556 and bought from the church. Tickets are on sale inside St John’s Church at the following times: Tuesday, 30th October, 8pm-9pm, Wednesday, 31st October, 8p-9pm, Thursday, 1st November, 8pm-9pm, Friday, 2nd November, 8pm-9pm, Saturday, 3rd November, 10 am– 4 pm. The price is the same as it has been for the last few years, i.e. £15 family (2 adults and up to 3 children), £6 adult, £3 child.
The parish church of St. John the Baptist really is a lovely village church. It was consecrated in November 1846 and built on land most of which had previously been held by Samuel Brawn, the Baptist minister, copyhold tenure of the manor of Loughton. The total cost of St. John's, including furnishings, was slightly less than £6,500. The rector gave £1,134, Mrs Pearse £700 Mrs Powell £650, and there were many other substantial voluntary contributions. By 1848 a total of £5,850 had been raised, of which £1,000 came from a church rate. The balance required was met by an Exchequer Loan, which was finally paid off in 1866!
It is built in 'Norman' style, consisting of nave, chancel, transepts, north porch, and central tower. The architect was Sydney Smirke (1798-1877), he originally submitted three alternative designs, one 'Norman' and two 'Early English'. It is always good to enjoy events in the community and get to know a bit about the history of a place if you are planning to move there.