Front a Special Correspondent
When the new £11,000 church of St. Edward, Kettering, was opened recently, it was announced that a legacy of £5,000 left by the late Canon Walmsley Carter, of Sheringham, was to be devoted to the church building fund.
Mgr. J. B. Canon Marshall, Vicar CapituTar of the Northampton Diocese, who blessed and opened the new church, announced the legacy, which he said the late Bishop Youcns of Northampton was empowered to use for building a church in his diocese.
One of the last things he did before his death was to decide to allocate the money to Kettering.
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The new church was crowded for the first Mass, celebrated by the parish priest (the Rev. W. H. Hunting), to whose enterprise the completion of the scheme is largely due.
Among those present was the non-Catholic Mayor of Kettering (Alderman J. Haynes, J.P.), with the Mayoress and Town Clerk.
Speaking at a celebration luncheon which followed the opening, Mgr. Marshall said that the building of the new church crowned the first half-century of the Mission. The first Mass was said 50 years ago in the billiards room of a temperance hotel.
Fr. Hunting, in expressing his appreciation of the support of his parishioners, said that the old church in The Grove was soon to be opened as a Catholic elementary school.
Other speakers included Dr. W. Drake Lee, Mgr. Joseph Tonks of Northampton, who was parish priest at Kettering for 28 years, and the Mayor, who paid tribute to the work of Catholics in the town.