160 Year Anniversary 2012
2012 was a very important year for our parish – it marked the 160th anniversary of the opening of the church. From the days of our very first Parish Priest – Father John Wenham, a disciple of Cardinal Newman - until the present this has been a flourishing, vibrant and faith-filled community. Our celebrations this year were tribute to our long history while also looking forward to the future, ensuring that our beautiful church can continue to provide a focus for parish life for the next 160 years and beyond.
During this year we began raising funds to restore and renovate some original features of the church, such as the patterned tiled floor and stencilled decoration to the sanctuary, while also improving more modern features, such as the lighting, ensuring that the innovations are fully in keeping with the Victorian, Gothic Revival building while also fully fit for purpose in the 21st Century.
This is an ambitious task, inspired by the dedication of past generations of parishioners, people who often lived through very difficult times, but cherished and preserved our historic church and passed it on to us. It now falls to us to pass that legacy on intact to generations yet to come.