Biscot Road area church planned

All Saints Church drawing

[The Luton Reporter: Tuesday, June 17th, 1919]

Now that All Saints (illustrated above) has become a separate entity in the church life of Luton and is well on the way to the achievement of its ambition of a new church and parish, the way has been made clear for a practical move to be made with the project for a new church for the St Andrew's district of Christ Church parish.

A site for this new church has been set apart by the trustees of the Crawley estate off the Biscot Road, in close proximity to the present R.F.A. Camp, and its erection has always been regarded as the second plank in the platform of local church extension problems.

The war has held it up, but it has also emphasised the seriousness of the need, for in the Biscot Road area there has settled an immense population for whom there is literally no provision for church accommodation, and the people of St Andrew's have courageously resolved to lose no time in tackling the task.

Hitherto the moving spirit, Mr Percy C. Bass, the senior churchwarden, and the co-workers he has gathered round him have been content to gather in a nucleus of subscriptions from St Andrew's churchgoers, and, having succeeded in raising £150 from St Andrew's people, they have decided to enlarge their sphere of operations and see if they cannot bring appreciably nearer the practical accomplishment of a scheme which, it is estimated, will cost not less than £4,000.

The first public effort in aid of the building fund was made on Wednesday and took the form of a garden party and sale of work, for which Dr and Mrs F. Seymour Lloyd granted the use of their charming grounds at the rear of Homedale in Dunstable Road [No 42, near the Collingdon Street junction]. This is the first time they have been used for such a purpose in recent years, but years ago they were the venue of more than one successful hospital fete.

With genial sunshine smiling on the effort, they proved ideal surroundings. Miss A. Collings Wells, of Caddington Hall, performed the opening ceremony under the chairmanship of the Vicar, Rev J. L. Barkway.