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St. John & St. Barnabas Church, Belle Isle Family Centre, Belle Isle Road

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St. John & St. Barnabas Church, Belle Isle Family Centre, Belle Isle Road
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2005. View of the entrance to St. John & St. Barnabas Church and Belle Isle Family Centre. The brick built church dates from the 1930s, when it replaced two other churches. The bell in the small north west tower dates from 1850 and was made by C & G. Mears. Belle Isle Family Centre opened in 2003 in the undercroft of the church which was renovated specially for the purpose with a Lotteries Community Fund grant. There is a Community Cafe, advertised on the sign, right, which opens on weekdays from 9.00 am - 4.00 pm. The cafe also provides catering for local community and voluntary groups. The focus is on healthy eating and the cafe hopes to introduce a training course in cooking for young people to take part in. Belle Isle Family Centre recieves support and funding from various Charities and Trusts. The Church and Family Centre are located in Belle Isle Road.

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Name:
Peter Jackson

Comment:
I went to school at St Barnabas Church until mid 1949,prior to that was at Belle Isle Junior School.The junior school only had 6 classes as the build was stopped at the outbreak of war,as a consequence the rest looked like a ruin to us children, but it was a fantastic ,scarey dangerous place to play in and was known locally as "the bogey ole " ( we dropped the Hs in the forties )My teacher was Miss Taylor,Mr Atkinson the caretaker and Mr Tate the boiler man who always seemed to be chasing the children away. At St Barnabas we had 3 classrooms all in the crypt,ours doubled as a library in the evening and on a monday as the babies welcome, each Monday we were moved to another part of the crypt for lessons the room had no windows and the only light from a very dull orange bulb it was an awful place. To find a solution they tried for 1 week only to give us the Monday off and we went to school on Saturday instead, it only happened once ( I wonder does anyone remember ) My teacher was really nice although I can't remember her name , I do recall she had a small indentation the result of an injury on her ankle ( the things that stick in your mind as children )Her boyfriend on Fridays used to read the class a story while waiting to take her home. The other teachers were Miss Owl & Miss Bollan.I remember well Kathleen Steele & Beryl Huntington, also F Hickinson,K Dufton,W Wright,L Fields,D Pratt, D Hirst,J Tallant,Beryl Johnson.Happy Days yet in 1949 we moved schools all the above went to Hunslet Carr I went to St Josephs being a Catholic I was desparate to go with them but it was'nt to be.

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petermj67@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
C Lovedale

Comment:
Leeds City Libraries used to have a part-time branch library in the crypt, it opened on Wednesday afternoons and Friday evenings, it was run by staff who worked at Middleton Library. In 1965 a new library was built on the opposite side of the road to the church.

Date:
14-Jul-2013

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Name:
George Southern

Comment:
As an apprentice joiner working for the joinery firm of Banks Mawson in the 1930s I helped dig and place the perimeter fence posts in position round the site for the new church and parsonage and worked there until the finished articles. The building of the church was overlooked for many hours by the Rev Charles Jenkinson, a prime mover of the Leeds scheme of slum clearance and rehousing in new estates. The church replaced the Church of St John and St Barnabas in Holbeck and as a coincidence I was born in St Barnabas Street Holbeck in 1921. I remember Rev Jenkinson was always accompanied by his dog which was quite a large one Immediately after the finish I was engaged in the building of a new public house lower down the road.I cannot remember it's name or if it had one at that time

Date:
04-Sep-2013

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g.southern828@btinternet.com

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Name:
peter jacksson

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George, the public house was The Belle Isle Hotel, a few years back it was turned into a care home.

Date:
13-Oct-2013

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Name:
George Southern

Comment:
Thank you Peter, How nice to have an answer from another interested person. I hope you found my comment interesting. It was many year ago but I remember it very clearly. I wonder if the pub is still there?

Date:
30-Oct-2013

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g.southern828@btinternet.com

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Name:
Peter Jackson

Comment:
Age 7 at St John & St Barnabas in 1948 was picked to play the part of "Prince Charming" for the Christmas pantomime, they had two girls for the part of "Cinderella" June Smith & Byrel Johnson,even age 7 I can remember how disappointed I felt when they didn't pick Byrel Johnson as she was the best looking girl in the class. She would be 72 now often wonder if she remembers and even if she was disappointed.

Date:
12-Nov-2013

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petermj67@hotmail.co.uk

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