Memories re-lived in appeal

Holy Spirit Church, Bath Road, Heckmondwike holding an open afternoon with a display of old photographs/memorabilia as they prepare to write a book for its centenary. Peter Moreland.
Holy Spirit Church, Bath Road, Heckmondwike holding an open afternoon with a display of old photographs/memorabilia as they prepare to write a book for its centenary. Peter Moreland.

NEW archive photographs from Heckmondwike’s Holy Spirit have come to light following an open day at the church.

The event was held on Friday as part of the church’s appeal for information for a book which is being written to celebrate its centenary in 2014.

The book will also raise much-needed funds for urgent repair and restoration work

Parish council chairman Peter Moreland said: “Despite Friday’s awful weather we had a steady stream of people in.

“We put up a display of the pictures we already have, because we wanted people to come along and put names to the faces.

“They also brought more material in, including a cushion bearer’s outfit brought in by David Honeybell which he wore for a May Queen procession in the 1950s. It’s still in immaculate condition, and he also brought along a photograph of himself as a child wearing it.

“We now have a really good selection of photographs. The earliest one dates back to 1925 and is of Mary Summerscales when she was a May Queen.

“There is also one of Winnie Coffey as a child playing with a doll’s pram on the land which eventually became the site for the Holy Spirit School, and one of the Catholic Players doing a show at the old Co-op Hall.

“We’ve got a real cross section now, showing both the school and the church – there’s a lovely one of Father Paddy Roche digging the first sod of grass for the new school in the 1960s, and there are some of visits by Bishops Gordon Wheeler and David Konstant.”

As well as the book, the church will produce a DVD of the photographs for the centenary appeal.

So far the church has raised almost £29,000 towards the £100,000 total.