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Appeal for memories of parish rooms at centenary celebrations

By Herald Express  |  Posted: September 21, 2012

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COMMUNITY groups, former pupils, and even wedding parties are being invited back to the parish rooms of Collaton St Mary this weekend to help celebrate its centenary.

During their 100 years of life, the rooms have seen a countless number of people pass through their doors, including school pupils, evacuees and community groups.

The parish rooms are currently used daily by Collaton St Mary Pre-School, and throughout the week by more than 20 activity groups and parties, including the Collaton and District Horticultural Society which was established after the Second World War.

Jacqui Leigh, secretary of the parish rooms, said: "It is a lovely building, and unlike most village halls and parish rooms it has a second storey.

"In 100 years so many people have used the building as a community facility. Aside from being used by the school, it has been used for wedding receptions, parties and community events.

"It holds a lot of memories for a lot of people and, hopefully, many more to come in the future too."

The building underwent an extensive roof renovation last year, which had to be carried out with extreme caution so as not to disturb the building's resident brown long-eared and pipistrelle bats.

Anyone with memories of the building is invited to attend the centenary celebrations, where a collection of old photographs has been put on display.

Mrs Leigh said: "We wanted to give people the opportunity to come back and see the parish rooms this weekend and help celebrate the centenary.

"A lot of people get a much different perspective on a building they used in their childhood if they go back as adults, as well as bringing back lots of memories."

The parish rooms will be open to visitors on Saturday between 9am and 6pm.

A centenary celebration service will also be held at 3pm on Sunday in Collaton St Mary Church.

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