Doncaster pit church marks its centenary

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Marking its centenary is a Doncaster landmark tomorrow.

Saint Philip & Saint James church on Victoria Road in Bentley reaches the significant and historic 100-year milestone on Friday May 1.

The religious building is celebrating the exact 100th anniversary of the dedication of the church to serve the mining community of Bentley New Village and Toll Bar.

The church was built through the efforts of the then South Yorkshire Coalfields Church Extension Scheme, whose purpose was to provide for the well being and spiritual needs of the new pit villages, which were springing up, mainly around the Doncaster area.

In 1915 the church cost £3,000 to build, of which £2,000 was provided by Bentley colliery owners Baber & Walker.

The church subsequently being known by many locals as the “pit church”.

There is to be a special centenary mass of thanksgiving at the church on Friday May 1 at 7.30pm followed by a commmunity party in the church.

Father Stephen Dickinson, who has been vicar of St Philip & St James church for the past 21 years, said he hoped parishioners and all who had had contact with, or reason to be grateful for, the ministry of St Philip & St James over the years, together with other churches and community organisations woud feel welcome to attend the centenary celebration.

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