Les Cross was born in 1916 in Foreman Street, Tempe. He moved to Newtown in 1925. In this excerpt he talks about St Columb’s Church on Dickson Street, Newtown, in the 1920s.
The church was the centre of our living here, it was active, there was something there every night. Every night of the week there was something doing in the church…..The Girl’s Brigade on Monday, the Monther’s Union on the Tuesday, choir practice on the Wednesday, the Social Club on Thursday, the Church of England Boy’s Society of Friday, and every night of the week there was something doing. And every so often the girls would invite everybody and they’d have a social on the Monday night, and sometime later in the month the boys would put on a social for everybody on the Friday. So the church was the centre of the … community.