Crowds turn out for centenary birthday open afternoon in Armley

Visitors spill out onto pavement with their refreshments outside the Mission Room.

By Andy Dalton

Dozens of people turned up for the centenary open afternoon at Armley’s Mission Room in Mistress Lane last Saturday.

Leeds City Mission organised a social event and sale to celebrate the centenary of the building of their current premises. The premises were originally opened as a methodist ‘Mission Room’ in 1923.  In recent times the City Mission have transformed it into a community compassion centre hosting a variety of projects to help people in need

Long-standing supporters, friends, people with past connections and those who were just plain curious turned up.  There were various programme items provided during the afternoon.  

Visitors listen to Andy Dalton as he explains the history of the Mission Room to visitors

City Mission Development Worker and historian Andy Dalton gave a short whistlestop talk on the history of the premises and of the various organisations who have owned the building over the last 100 years. 

Free ice creams and refreshments were served through the afternoon much to the delight of everyone. Old friendships and acquaintances were renewed. Visitors were also able to browse a bargain seasonal greetings cards stall as they anticipated the Christmas season. Hundreds of cards were sold raising vital funds for the various projects run by the City Mission.

Visitors buy christmas cards at the Centenary Event in the Mission Room.

A spokesperson said that the Open Afternoon and Sale’ had highlighted the massive contribution the ‘Mission Room’ has made to the well being of the Armley neighbourhood over a century of years.  He thanked everyone who attended for their presence and support.

Leeds City Mission is a multi-church Christian agency which has worked with marginalised people since 1837 and seeks to meet the physical, social and spiritual needs of Leeds residents.

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