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ST MARK’S CHURCH HALL DUKINFIELD
The contract for building the church hall was granted to CN Riddick (Builders Limited).
The foundation stone for the new church hall was dated 13 February 1983 but not laid, due to poor weather, until 15 February by the Revd Dennis Thomas.
The Lord Bishop of Chester, The Rt Revd Michael Baughen, performed the official opening of the church’s new parish hall after a short service in church on Saturday, 12 May 1984.
Engraved bowls were presented to the Bishop, the vicar, the hall’s architect and the two church wardens: Tom Finneran and Ian Leech.
Engraved goblets were presented to Mr Gerald Fenton (who had insured the school buildings) and the Mayor by the church Rose Queen, Amanda Pearce.
In attendance were the church secretary, Raymond Facer; the Verger, George Hooley, and the organist, Cyril Carrington.A free parish party was held in the evening.
Today, the church hall is widely used by community groups including Probus, a Karate Club, a dog obedience club, a dance school and an art therapy group. It is also used by the church community regularly for refreshments after services, for the toddler group Praise and Play every Monday afternoon, for the monthly family service called Messy Church at 4:00 pm on the third Sunday of every month and some of the Key Events. Special events with meals and fun are also enjoyed regularly.
Remembering Kathy Staff (Nora Batty) in October 2009