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St John’s Church in Radlett celebrates 60th anniversary
There was standing room only as priests and parishioners past and present gathered to celebrate a Radlett church’s 60th anniversary.
St John’s Church, in Gills Hill Lane, welcomed the Bishop of Hertford to a special service of celebration on Sunday.
The team rector, Rev Javaid Iqbal, led the service and the Bishop, the Right Reverend Paul Bayes, celebrated communion.
Reverend Iqbal, who has been at the church for four months, said: "It was a great day. It was wonderful to gather together so many former priests and members to celebrate our church. I’m so pleased and overjoyed the Bishop was there.
"We celebrated God’s goodness in blessing the church over the years, and prayed he continue those blessings into the future."
Founded to provide a place of worship and social facilities for the newly built Battlers Green Estate, the church was designed to act as a multi-purpose hall for most of the week.
Over the years it has played host to community organisations, comedy shows, dances, and plays, remembered fondly by its oldest parishioner Edith Oakley.
Mrs Oakley, 93, who is the last surviving founder member of the church, said: "St John’s means quite a lot to me. I was a member of the young wives and it has supported me so much over the years.
"It’s less active now but everyone had always been very caring and I’ve been very happy there."
She added the service had been very "emotional", not least because she was the last one left that remembered the old days.
The great-grandmother said: "I was pleased to see so many people there, the building was full.
"It was wonderful to have the chance to meet up with old friends and remember past 60 years."
After the service, around 70 parishioners gathered for lunch.
The rural dean of St Albans, Reverend David Ridgeway, who 20 years ago had been priest in charge at St John’s, proposed the toast.
Reverend Ridgeway said: "It was a very jolly occasion, and I look forward to returning for the 75th anniversary."
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