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Bradford's Vine community hall is opened by parishioners
8:00am Monday 9th September 2013 in News
A new £250,000 community hall was opened by two parishioners with almost 100 years between them.
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 joined forces to cut the ribbon at The Vine on Saturday.
Mr Plimley retired as vicar in 1983 and, 30 years later, Hollie was baptised last March.
The opening ceremony at the Parsonage Road venue was 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, and the Rt Rev Ezekiel Kondo, Bishop of Khartoum in Sudan, paid a visit, as did the Police Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Mark Burns-Williamson.
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.