The following article appeared in the Catholic Pictorial, 12th February 1967:
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TOP NIGHT SPOT FOR THE WITH IT PARISH

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A single storey building near the new presbytery and 18-month-old church of St. Jude, Worsley Mesnes, will shortly become the Number One social centre in the area.

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For the 25,000 parish club, which can take up to 700 people at a time, has just been completed and is expected to open almost at once.

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A single-storey construction of traditional cavity brickwork, the building has a flat roof. There are concrete columns with steel beams bolted on these and timber between the columns on the outside.

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Going through the main entrance, which is flanked by a kiosk for tickets, there are cloakrooms and toilets in the foyer.

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The main hall, which is 60ft by 40ft, has a stage with dressing room accommodation and a committee alcove at the side.

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It has wall seating with mixed blown warm air and convection heat beneath the seats and is well lit with high windows and overhead lighting.
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The floor of the main hall is of inexpensive thermoplastic tiles, which is good for dancing on and relatively easy to maintain.

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Along the side of the club runs the well-stocked bar, for which there is an adequate storeroom, which connects with an adjacent lounge. This is 50ft by 26ft. Its long walls are mainly taken up by windows and the rest are covered in vinyl washable wallpaper.

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The entire club has a suspended ceiling of decorated fireboard and there is adequate space for billiard tables if required.

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On the same page of the "Pictorial" the following information was given about the new St. Jude's Presbytery:

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NEW HOME FOR THE PRIESTS

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New home for Fr. Richard Tobin, parish priest of St. Jude's, Wigan, is an 18,000 presbytery of traditional cavity brickwork.

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With his two assistants, Tipperary-born Fr. Tobin, who was ordained in 1929 and who served at El Alamein as an Eighth Army chaplain, will live next to the church, which, like the presbytery, was designed by architects, Lionel Pritchard, Son and Partners.
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The presbytery has a ground floor common room, dining room and office, as well as two interview rooms, kitchen and a staff lounge. There is a garage, store accommodation and an outside toilet.

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Upstairs is a bedroom and sitting room for the parish priest, with three bed-sitters for his assistants and two staff rooms.

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Built with a flat asphalt roof, the presbytery has oil-fired central heating and double-glazed windows. There is also a glazed connecting passage to the church.

 

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