ST Chad’s Church was built to cater for the growing population of Brighouse as it expanded up the hill towards Halifax in the early years of the 20th century.
Now, after 100 years of serving the community, the church is celebrating its centenary this year. For the congregation and those involved in church life, the centenary is an opportunity to reflect on past achievements and look forward to the future of St Chad’s.
Judith Bray, chairman of St Chad’s Ladies’ Society, said: “Visitors often remark on the sense of peace they experience when they come into the building but unfortunately, because of its location on the busy Halifax Road, it does tend to get a bit overlooked. People drive past the church without noticing it.
“We are proud of the church and its connection to Brighouse.”
St Chad’s began as a mission church and moved into its new building, which cost £2,000, in June 1912. Last year a new parish of St Chad’s was created.
In 2005 St Chad’s underwent extensive improvements which has made the building more ‘user-friendly’ for the organisations which use the church and given it a new lease of life. There are now plans to refurbish the Sunday school rooms.
The Rev Kathryn Buck said: “Like many churches we do have an ageing congregation but St Chad’s is the only church in Hove Edge and people do feel a strong sense of connection to it. We have strong links with the pupils at St Chad’s School and a carers’ group meets in the building once a month.”
The Ladies’ Society was founded in 1963 and plays an important role in raising funds for charities and for the upkeep of the church. Recently a coffee morning raised more than £200 for Highbury School.
Earlier this summer the church hosted an exhibition of hand-made crosses and memorabilia. A thanksgiving service was also held with the Bishop of Wakefield, the Rev Stephen Platten, and a centenary dinner was held at Bailiff Bridge Community Centre.
In September the church is holding a special thanksgiving celebation of marriage and baptism. Anyone who was married or baptised in the church is particularly welcome to attend and the church is also keen to borrow wedding dresses and christening gowns from 1910-2010 to put on display.
Anyone who can help should contact the Rev Kathryn Buck on 01422 202424.