PARISH HISTORY

 

After much negotiating and the intervention of the war it was some years later when the two acre site on Watnall Road was bought and in 1960 the new church was opened. The church was built not because the old church was worn out and falling down but because the parish had outgrown it. At the opening on February 11th 1960, Fr. Allen recalled how the money had been raised, including the life savings (£54.00) of a pensioner who said, "You can use it better than I can."  £21.000.00 was raised towards the new church and £7,500.00 was lent. It was a very snowy day on February 11th 1960 and Fr. Allen remarked that it seemed more like the feast of Our Lady of Snows than the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. Many priests didn't manage to make it and those who did, couldn't get back home.

 

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East Window

Bishop Ellis said of the new church, 'No-one could find a fault . It is a lovely building, perfectly adapted for its purpose, furnished in good taste and containing features, such as the magnificent east window, which were quite out of the ordinary.' The main contractors were local builders Bodill and Sons, the architects Messrs Reynolds and Scott, the magnificent stained glass window was the work of Mr. Joseph Nuttgens and the series of small windows in the Lady Chapel were the work of Patrick Reyntiens.

 

The new church is a fitting tribute to the to faith which existed among Hucknall Catholics. They deserved a new building and they got it

2010 - GOLDEN JUBILEE - A well-attended Mass was concelebrated with Bishop Malcolm, Fr. Frank and other priests of the Diocese followed by a much enjoyed social evening where a delicious buffet supper was served and the special jubilee cake (made by Mary Umney) was cut by Fr. Frank and Fr. Dennis Higgins.

 (Have a look at the photos in the photo album.)