HERITAGE enthusiasts are being invited to an open day at an ancient church in Northwich.

St Helen's Church, which has been at the heart of the community for more than 650 years, is holding its final 'Tea at the Tower' event on Sunday, October 1, for people to take a look around the building.

Throughout the summer, the church has been supporting local charities by welcoming visitors every Saturday to Northwich's oldest building.

And on the first Sunday afternoon of the summer months, the church has offered tours of its tower as well as hosting 'Tea at the Tower' events, also in aid of charity.

Visitors can climb the 92 steps to the top and experience great views and on the way up share in a short bell ringing experience.

Volunteer church warden Gordon Atkinson said: "Everyone is welcome any Saturday morning and for our end season tower event.

"The end of year 'Tea at the Tower' with tower tours is on Sunday, October 1, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

"The last tower tour leaves about 4pm. If there is rain it might be unsafe to go to the top of the tower but the tours always go into the bell ringing chamber where experienced bell ringers demonstrate their skills.

"There are always lots of excellent cakes to sample."

During May, June, July and August, the church's nominated charity was Down Syndrome Cheshire, receiving a donation of £1,128.

In September, October and November, the nominated charity will be MIND Mid Cheshire.