Radlett church celebrates centenary with altar fundraising campaign

A CHURCH which was build 100 years ago as a result of a �1,000 gift is celebrating its centenary and marking the anniversary by raising funds for a new altar.

The foundation stone for St Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church at The Crosspath, Radlett, was laid on August 15, 1910, and a number of events are being held this year to mark the centenary.

There will be a flower festival in the church from Friday, September 24, to Sunday, September 26, with an orchestral concert at 8pm on the Friday.

St Anthony’s was built as a result of a �1,000 gift for the construction of a church from Mary Murphy of County Cork. Prior to that priests came to say Mass in houses in Station Road and The Crosspath. Over the years the church has undergone refurbishment to maintain its structure and modernise its interior - the most recent completed in 2005 which increased the size of the church and added a new parish room with modern kitchen facilities.

Among the events which have already taken place to mark the centenary was a visit from Archbishop Vincent Nichols who celebrated Mass on June 13, St Anthony’s Feast Day - which was followed by a party in the parish garden - and a flower festival last weekend.

Parishioners had decided to mark the centenary by raising funds for a new altar and set up a fundraising committee. Chair Kay Sanchez, said: “All the parishioners have worked really hard running events including a quiz night, an art auction, regular cake sales and a Greek film night and we are well on the way to achieving our target.”

Further details of the flower festival and concert can be obtained by ringing 07779 320627 or 01923 856574.