Archbishop blesses groups at Stocksbridge community celebration

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.

Hundreds of people attended a special service at Fox Valley in Stocksbridge at the weekend, led by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.

The Archbishop blessed local community groups, businesses and churches, as well as the new Fox Valley development during the open-air community celebration with Deepcar Brass Band and the Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir providing the music.

The visit was part of a four-day ‘Crossroads’ mission across Sheffield Diocese involving 21 Bishops of the Church of England.

The service took place at the new office buildings at the £50 million development, the first phase of the development to be completed. The retail development at Fox Valley is on schedule for a Spring 2016 opening.

The brand new buildings, which were blessed during the service, have been named Maria House, Samuel House and Fox House reflecting the history of the site where Samuel Fox first established a steelworks in the 1840s.

The Archbishop was presented with a traditional umbrella in recognition of the history of the site where the paragon umbrella frame was developed.

The new development, which neighbours Tata Speciality Steels in Stocksbridge, is being delivered by the Barnsley based company Dransfield Properties Ltd and the main contractor is Henry Boot Construction.

Deborah Holmes, from Dransfield Properties, said: “What a fantastic turnout, it was a really lovely service and a very proud day for everyone involved with the Fox Valley development.

“We were delighted to welcome the Archbishop to the site and to have the new buildings blessed made it a very special event. It was lovely to see so many people from the local community.”