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Castleford Parish Church as they celebrate 100 years of the church hall.'Pictured L/R:Churchwarden David Field and Father Mark Watkins
Castleford Parish Church as they celebrate 100 years of the church hall.'Pictured L/R:Churchwarden David Field and Father Mark Watkins

A Castleford church celebrated its centenary year with a day of celebrations last weekend.

Castleford Parish Church, on Church Street, first opened to the public in June 1913.

Acoffee morning and ballroom dance demonstrations were held last Saturday to mark the church’s 100 years of serving the community.

More than 100 people attended the events throughout the day.

David Field, who has been church warden since 1985, said: “The celebrations went very well. The day was very well attended.

“I would say we probably had around 100 to 150 people there throughout the day.”

The church has a congregation of around 50 and is now part of Castleford Team Parish which includes All Saints’ Hightown, St Paul the Apostle in Glass Houghton and St Michael and All Angels, off Smawthorne Lane.

Mr Field, 67, said: “In the early 1920s there were a lot more houses around the area and the church was a gathering point for people.

“It’s still pretty well used though. We have a brownies group, dancing groups and a pre-school playgroup that meet twice a week.”

The church had a new kitchen fitted last year and has a dance hall on the first floor.

Mr Field said: “In the 1930s and 1940s people used to meet each other in the dance halls and that’s how a lot of marriages at that time started.

“I’m not an expert in dancing but I am told that our facility is as good as it gets.”

Mr Field first got involved with the Parish Church after he married his wife Susan there in 1973.

He said: “A lot has happened at the church and I’ve got lots of happy memories in my time as warden.

“But the main thing is the church is still going strong after 100 years and hopefully it will be after another 100 years.”