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Pair to open Laisterdyke church's £250,000 community hall
A new £250,000 community hall in Bradford will be opened by two parishioners at opposite ends of life’s age spectrum.
The Rev Canon Bill Plimley, 96, and eight-month-old Hollie Dixon, are the oldest and youngest members of St Mary’s Church, Laisterdyke, Bradford, and they will join forces to cut the ribbon at The Vine at noon tomorrow.
Mr Plimley retired as vicar in 1983 and, 30 years later, Hollie was baptised last March.
The opening ceremony at the Parsonage Road venue will be followed by a celebration of the new building, with attractions including crafts, face-painting, a bouncy castle, raffle, cake stall, refreshments and project displays.
The Bishop of Bradford, the Right Reverend Nick Baines, will be visiting at 11.30am with the Rt Rev Ezekiel Kondo, Bishop of Khartoum in Sudan, one of the link dioceses to Bradford.
The Police Commissioner for West Yorkshire Mark Burns-Williamson will also be visiting the open day from 11am to 11.45am.
Priest-in-Charge the Rev Jane Trenholme said: “At last, St Mary’s can celebrate a proper new home in the centre of the community. We look forward to welcoming everyone to the events and activities in the new building.”
The scheme, led by St Mary’s Church Laisterdyke Parochial Church Council, has seen the new hall built on half of the church’s car park and will enable the church to have more space for activities.
A large amount of the funding came from church activities such as table-top sales, sponsoring a brick and from the sale of the former St Mary’s Church on Pawson Street to the E:merge Youth Project. There was also support from several other sources including the Clothworkers Trust (£25,000), the Diocese of Bradford Church Building Fund (£8,000) and the Landfill Communities Fund, with Wren and the Veolia Environmental Trust awarding grants totalling £44,300.
The Vine is described as a warm, welcoming and well-equipped venue where the whole community can meet up to have fun, receive support and advice and learn new skills.
It is accessible to wheelchair-users, people with limited mobility and parents and carers with pushchairs.
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