Friday, 10 November 2017

St Mary's Handbridge Centre - Building Update

The concrete for the foundations of the new Centre has been put in, the first bricks have arrived, and walling is due to commence in the next few days.

Steel erection is scheduled begin in late November

Only 6 months to go!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Parish visit to Saltaire

39 parishioners and friends from St Mary's had a very enjoyable coach trip on 7th October to Saltaire in West Yorkshire. Saltaire was created by Titus Salt in the 1860's and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

On arrival, we had a tour of the village led by Maria Glot from Saltswalks, who showed us the different housing occupied by the workers, depending upon their status. Maria had identified mill workers from the 1861 census and where they lived, and we were each given a "part" to play. Some were shown the house where they and their family would have lived back in 1861.

The rest of the day was free to explore. Some spent their time in the mill where there were food and retail opportunities as well as an exhibition of photos taken before the mill closed in 1986. There was also an exhibition of paintings by David Hockney, who celebrates his 80th birthday this year. Fresh air and a tram ride was taken by others.

David Hockney paintings in Salts mill, together with the photographic exhibition in the former weaving shed.

Friday, 6 October 2017



Work has started to build the new St Mary's Handbridge Centre.

Extra land to accommodate the new building has been leased from the Grosvenor Estates , and last week the old Church Hall was knocked down. 

The new Centre is due to open in June next year. It will be approximately twice the size of the old hall and will consist of a large hall with seating for 120, two community rooms, each seating 25, a well-equipped kitchen, and a café and social area.

The Centre will provide a hub for Handbridge community activities across the whole age range, from the very young through to the elderly. The provision of a hall and two community rooms is designed to meet the needs of a range of organisations, groups and clubs.

Updates on progress to follow........

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Harvest Festival at St Mary’s

St Mary’s Harvest Festival on 24th September went off with a bang!


To illustrate the story of the Labourer in the Vineyard from St Matthew’s Gospel, the Rector, (aided and abetted by Brian, the Verger) let off some confetti cannons. The confetti was caught up in fishing nets by 6 members of the uniformed organisations.

Whilst each caught a different number of pieces of confetti, depending how many goes they had had, to illustrate the point of the Gospel, each received a similar sized bar of chocolate.

Brian then had the job of clearing up the confetti!

 A total of 105.8 kilos of food was collected on the day.
This has now been taken to the