RESIDENTS in and around Mickley have left their own stamp on a piece of what will become their village’s history.

St George’s Church Mickley was given a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund earlier this year, to replace its roof.

Hand-crafted clay tiles, sourced from a specialist factory in Humberside, arrived this month and local residents were invited to inscribe a message on the reverse of the tiles.

The idea is that next time the roof needs replacing, those replacing it will find messages of goodwill from 2018.

Old and young gathered to put their names and messages on the tiles and share memories during the day.

Rev. Pat Moran said: “More than 75 tiles were inscribed and it was impressive to see the talent, care, patience, imagination and sense of design on display.

“An encouraging number of children joined their parents and grandparents to create a piece of history. It is hoped that in years to come they will be able to look up at the church roof and explain to future generations that they helped to preserve this well-loved church and that their name is inscribed there.”

As part of the educational element of the work, the children at Mickley School have also been involved in learning more about the history of the church, taking part in several workshops.