On 18 March 2017, a thanksgiving service was held at the Salvation Army hall in Mirfield, to acknowledge the Lord’s goodness in the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Royd Court scheme, which was completed and opened in 2007. This date also happened to be 200 years since the work of the Aged Pilgrims’ Friend Society (now Pilgrim Homes) was founded in London, in 1807.
One hundred and eighty supporters, friends, residents and relatives gathered for the service of praise and thanksgiving to almighty God for the provision of the scheme. The preacher on the occasion was Pastor Michael Lockwood, who helpfully based his address on Psalm 92.
This occasion was also the anniversary of the fund-raising Yorkshire auxiliary, which was established in 1989 for the express purpose of providing a Pilgrim home in Yorkshire. The completed scheme, including the purchase of the site, cost about £8.5 million, and the Yorkshire auxiliary raised £280,000 towards this.
The auxiliary secretary, John Laver, gave a report outlining the amazing way our gracious God had brought Royd Court into reality, especially the purchase of the site, bringing it into the ownership of Pilgrim Homes in 2002 notwithstanding the fact that a large supermarket chain had originally wanted to purchase the site for one of their stores.
Vicki Miller, the scheme manager, gave an encouraging report on the management and staffing of Royd Court, indicating that all 58 flats were either occupied or reserved by people intending to move in.
The Royd Court choir and the Mirfield Salvation Army band participated in the event, which was followed by refreshments in the hall.