Photos: Barnoldswick school’s 100th anniversary

Sunday was a special day in the history of one Barnoldswick school as it celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Pupils past and present at St Joseph’s RC Primary School joined staff and wider family members for the centenary celebration and marked the milestone in the old school building, now St Joseph’s Community Centre in Bolland Street.

Ex pupil Peggy Humphreys, who attended the school in the 1930s, with a painting of her late father, Mr A. Humphries who was a headteacher at the school.

Ex pupil Peggy Humphreys, who attended the school in the 1930s, with a painting of her late father, Mr A. Humphries who was a headteacher at the school.

Photographs and memorabilia was gathered in advance of Sunday to put on an exhibition for the many who turned out.

As well as a celebration of the 100 years, the community event also acted as a fund-raiser for a proposed two-classroom extension to the school and £520 was raised through a raffle, tombola and sales of homemade refreshments.

St Joseph’s RC Primary School Headteacher Natalie Wood said: “It was a very special day, taking a trip down memory lane and reminiscing.

“I was thrilled to see so many people attending. It was also marked by Andrew Stephenson who attended to support our event, followed by a photograph with the oldest pupil, Jenny Cowgill of 96 years and Isaac Tait, aged four years.

“As I walked around the hall I could hear such wonderful memories being shared which were brought to life that day and I am sure they will be continued to talked about for a while.

“Past pupils were reunited with one another and some families also began to explore family trees of children who had attended St Joseph’s Catholic School.

“A new extension is desperately required due to being oversubscribed and presently not being able to provide sufficient places for our Catholic community here in Barnoldswick and Earby.”