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Week of events to mark 100th anniversary at St Andrew’s Church, in Huntington
A YORK church has lined up a week of celebrations to mark 100 years of worship.
St Andrew’s Church, in Huntington, reaches its centenary next week, and one of the centrepieces will be an exhibition of photographs depicting its history and the parish’s people and landmarks over the last century.
Many of the pictures were removed over the years, but have been reassembled by a centenary committee.
The exhibition between 10am and 4pm this Saturday, including items from the University of York’s Borthwick Institute, is part of a week of events which Huntington, Earswick and New Earswick residents are invited to attend.
“We hope it will bring back memories of childhood for many members of the local community in what promises to be a historic week in its own right,” said Reverend Ian Birkinshaw of St Andrew’s, in Huntington Road, which was dedicated by then Archbishop of York, Cosmo Gordon Lang, on November 8, 1913.
At the time, the York Herald newspaper reported: “The church is small and plain, but comfortably fitted for its purpose”.
The church was formed after New Earswick’s development and local industrial growth saw parishioners build a “mission room” in Huntington Road, opposite the railway station which was then based at the site where the Flag & Whistle pub now stands.
The vicar, Rev Edwin Storrs Fox, launched a fundraising campaign which attracted contributuons ranging from £100 from the Rowntrees’ Village Trust to ten shillings from a “poor penitent sinner”.
St Andrew’s was extended in 1938 to serve Rowntree chocolate workers from New Earswick, and Nestlé archivist Alex Hutchinson has been a member of the centenary committee. Various community groups use the church and money has recently been raised to improve its kitchen and hall.
A celebration service followed by a birthday tea will be held at 4pm on Sunday, and the centenary week will include a sold-out bonfire party, a youth event with local bands, a pie-and-pea “interview” night at the Flag & Whistle, music at the Blacksmiths Arms and a night of music and cabaret with magician and entertainer Bertie Pearce.
For more information, phone 01904 768006 or visit huntingtonparish.org.uk
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