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Lundwood church celebrates reopening with carol service

A Barnsley church that was shown on the documentary Priest Idol will hold a very special carol service today – to celebrate reopening after a devastating fire.

St Mary Magdalene in Lundwood was shown in the Channel 4 documentary, which spent a year following a young American, Father James McCaskill, as he attempted to get local people back into church.

His congregation multiplied by four – but a fire broke out in the church hall as workmen replaced roof felting. The fire duly destroyed the roof of the hall and gutted the interior, with the damage estimated at £300,000.

Father James subsequently took up a posting back in the United States in 2009.


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