HISTORY:

The old St. Patrick’s Catholic Club was formed in April 1928, with a room behind the bar in the Parish Hall with a billiard table and table tennis.

At Easter 1971 the Old Hall was closed and demolished under a Compulsory Purchase Order, this was to make way for the new Inner Ring Road.  A site for the new St Patrick’s Catholic Community Centre was agreed but until work had finished on it accommodation was made available at the Albert Hotel for the Parish to meet. 

The New Hall and Club

The new Parish Rooms in Trinity Street became the new home of the club.  So much vigour and life was bubbling up in the Parish, so much charitable activity needed to be co-ordinated, the sense of community and the desire to meet and be happy together all seemed to depend on this one meeting place.

When an unknown official said that they had to leave, they besieged the Town Hall and got an extension.  Letters were written and protests were organised and they fought for their home in Trinity Street.  Amid all this effort they grew together through the old folks parties, the first Communion breakfasts, the Christmas celebrations and the St. Patrick’s socials that packed the room.

The new St. Patrick’s Centre was opened by the Rt Rev W. G. Wheeler, Bishop of Leeds on 4th November 1975.

Their first aim was to retain the atmosphere of the old club. The old club was always noted as a happy place, full of banter and the retaining of this would be the first priority. They were confident that they would survive in the new premises with a larger membership.

The large lounge offered a wonderful opportunity to be fitted out in comfortable style that would be the envy of all the clubs in the town and the committee were determined that the opportunity would not be missed.  The new Concert Room would mean entering a new field of entertainment such as concert artistes and dance evenings.

Due to the fall in the land, the architect from Leeds, was able to make practically two ground floors, one entered on the low level and the other on the high level. The low level contains a vestibule with cloak rooms, a dance hall sixty feet long with spring floor which can be made rigid when required for other purposes, a kitchen, scullery and server, a men's room to contain two billiard tables, and a boy’s club room and heating chamber entirely shut off.

The high level includes a lobby, with ticket office, a foyer with stairs to the balcony, and two entrances to the assembly hall, which is 120 feet long with stage; at the back of this is a corridor and dressing rooms, and over these there is a large room for the Women's Guild.

In 1981 a Games Room was opened on the ground floor complete with its own bar and raised seating area to give spectators a good view of the snooker tables.  This enabled the stage area in the in the Concert Room to be developed and the dance floor to be enlarged.  

Over the years St. Patrick’s Catholic Club has always been a hive of activity. Its Town Centre location, between the Bus Station and the Train Station has helped the Club to be a focal point for people in Huddersfield.

New Club partially built                           The Old St. Patrick’s Hall

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