Halifax Minster

Inter Faith Climate Change Conference at Halifax Minster

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Climate Change is one of, if not the greatest challenge of our times and people of all faiths and beliefs are concerned to learn and take action.

Calderdale Interfaith is pleased to be working in partnership with the Blackley Centre to offer this Inter Faith Conference on Climate Change on the 14th October.

Admission is free and booking is via Eventbrite on the link below where you will see the conference programme. We hope you will be able to join us.

Eventbrite booking link : https://tinyurl.com/5dwacjn9

October 14th 2021
10.00am – 2.30pm
Halifax Minster HX1 1QL

Free admission (including vegetarian lunch)

For more information: 01422-646683 / 07741-480557

If Covid restrictions prevent us from gathering, the conference will be offered via Zoom

Workshops

  • Carbon literacy
  • Poverty and climate change
  • Local to global
  • Supporting our communities into the green economy

View flyer here

Animal Blessing service at Halifax Minster with the RSPCA

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LOCAL RSPCA & HALIFAX MINSTER CELEBRATE WORLD ANIMAL DAY WITH ANIMAL BLESSING SERVICE

     

 

THE RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District branch in partnership with Halifax Minster are set to hold their annual animal blessing service in celebration of World Animal Day on Sunday 3rd October.

 

(A St Bernard is blessed by Trish Boyd at a previous service)

This annual service celebrates World Animal Day by giving attendees the chance to bring their beloved pets along to an animal friendly service, meet some other furry friends and get blessed. This special service takes place at 2.00pm on Sunday 3rd October at Halifax Minster, Causeway, Halifax, HX1 1QL.

Fay Gibbons, Digital & Events Fundraiser from the RSPCA branch said “We think World Animal Day is a day worth celebrating and we’re inviting everyone to join us for what is always a beautiful service in a truly stunning church. It’s a unique experience to have our furry friends join us in the pews, but if that may be stressful for your pet or perhaps your pet has crossed the rainbow bridge, a photo can be blessed instead.”

(Sid the dog enjoys a blessing along with Trish blessing photographs of beloved pets too)

 

All animals are invited to attend, but dogs must be kept on a lead and small animals (such as cats, hamsters, rabbits etc) kept in carriers. All animals will be blessed in their seat and the service usually lasts around 45 minutes.

 

The RSPCA animal centre in Halifax is a self-funded, local charity and is hoping to raise awareness of the animal welfare work they do within the Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford areas. All proceeds raised on the day will be split between the RSPCA branch and the Halifax Minster.

 

To find out more about the Animal Blessing Service please visit the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford branch website here: www.rspcahalifaxaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk, alternatively you can also find out more on the Facebook event page: RSPCA Animal Blessing Service Halifax.

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District Branch are a self-funding branch of the National RSPCA, responsible for raising money locally to support our animal welfare work. Last year the branch rehomed over 500 animals. Our main aim is to rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and find them loving, permanent homes. We rely on public donations and the generosity of our local community to keep the doors of our animal centre open.

Halifax Minster was built some 900 years ago by Benedictine monks from Cluny, and it is that Benedictine tradition which shapes its ministry today: with daily worship; a place for education, culture and civic engagement; and a place of hospitality. The Minster belongs to the whole community: to the Christian community; to those of the other faith communities; and to those who have no faith. Everyone is welcome to come and experience the rich depth of heritage and spirituality. Visitors and new members looking for somewhere to worship regularly are both invited to come and join us for quiet services during the week, and to hear the Minster choirs and organs perform at weekends, as we join the Saints and Angels in the eternal hymn of praise to God the creator. The Minster serves Halifax and the borough of Calderdale, but we are also part of the worldwide Christian community. We are part of the Anglican Diocese of Leeds and particularly the Huddersfield Episcopal Area, and we have international links with Halifax’s twin town of Aachen, in Germany, and our mission partner, the Cathedral Church of St Peter, Kowak, in the Diocese of Rorya in Tanzania. The Minster is also the spiritual home to the Duke of Wellington Regiment and Association, now subsumed into the Yorkshire Regiment.

Halifax Minster Summer Festival 2019

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Halifax Minster will be holding the Summer Festival from Thursday 27 June to Sunday 7 July with a variety of music, art, poetry and tours. The full program can be downloaded here.

The events in June are;

Thursday 27 June, 1:00pm – Organ Recital by Dr Simon Lindley

Thursday 27 June, 7:30pm – Brass Extravaganza

Friday 28 June – an Evening with Barry Rutter of Northern Broadsides

Sunday 30 June – Sparkling Music for a Summer’s Evening

Tickets can be booked through http://www.halifaxminster.org.uk/events

 

Still Time to See The Battle of Heptonstall Community Play at Halifax Minster

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The Brutish Multitude are a voluntary group that was formed in early 2018 in the ancient village of Heptonstall West Yorkshire, to research and produce a community play based upon the 1643 English Civil War battle, the Battle of Heptonstall.

The script for The Battle of Heptonstall was written over the summer by commissioned playwright and director Michael Crowley

The last of four shows will be at Halifax Minster on March 9th. There is promotional film about the play and the battle itself here.

“I think that the poorest he that is in England hath a life to live, as the greatest he; and therefore truly, Sir, I think it’s clear, that every man that is to live under a government ought first by his own consent to put himself under that government; and I do think that the poorest man in England is not bound in a strict sense to that government that he hath not had a voice to put himself under.

Colonel Sir Thomas Rainsborough, Leveller and MP for Droitwich, The Putney Debates 1647.

Tickets at £10 are available through Eventbrite.

 

Illuminating Halifax – Piece Hall, Square Chapel, Minster and more…

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Square Chapel, The Piece Hall and The Halifax Minster present

Illuminating Halifax

Fri 07 Dec—Mon 10 Dec
Times: Various at Square Chapel Arts Centre, The Piece Hall & Halifax Minster

Tickets: Free

This December Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax Minster and The Piece Hall, are lighting up their buildings in one mesmerising weekend of spectacular light.

 

Square Chapel Arts Centre

Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 December

6pm | 7pm | 8pm | 9pm

Free to attend

Square Chapel Art Centre’s copper building will come to life in a 10 minute light and sound spectacular celebrating 30 years of the arts centre.


Halifax Minster

Sunday 9 December: 5.30pm | 6.30pm | 7.30pm | 8.30pm

Monday 10 December: 3.30pm | 4.30pm | 5.30pm | 6.30pm

Free to attend

Ceiling illumination at the Halifax Minster

Three Harps of Christmas at Halifax Minster

Monday 10 December, 8:00pm

Tickets £15

Join internationally renowned harpist Ruth Wall as she takes you on a candlelit journey through carols, medieval and new music on concert harp, Gaelic wire strung harp and the Renaissance bray harp at the wonderful Halifax Minster.

Book now


The Piece Hall

Friday 7 – Sunday 9 December

From dusk | Free to attend

The Piece Hall will house a frosted Christmas light installation that will illuminate using the beautiful historical cloth hall as a backdrop.

Christmas Services at Halifax Minster

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Halifax Minster has published the programme of services for December as follows;

  • Advent Carol Service – Sunday 2 December, 6:30pm
  • Carols at All Souls, Haley Hill – Sunday 9 December, 4:00pm
  • Christmas Carol Service – Sunday 23 December, 6:30pm
  • Christingle Services – Monday 24 December, 1:45pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm
  • Midnight Mass – Monday 24 December, 11:30pm
  • Christmas Day – Christmas Day, 9:00am, 10:30am

Remembrance Week in Calderdale

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On Sunday 11 November, people across the country will commemorate Remembrance Sunday, and events are taking place across Calderdale to mark this important occasion.

2018 marks 100 years since the end of the First World War, and as such, events as part of Remembrance Week this year will have particular significance.

The main focus for commemorations in Halifax will be the Remembrance Sunday parade from Halifax Town Hall to the Cenotaph in Duffy’s Park at Halifax Minster. The parade will leave the Town Hall at 10:20am and the Service of Remembrance and wreath laying will be held at the Cenotaph at 10:45am prior to the service inside Halifax Minster at approximately 11:30am.

As part of special commemorations to mark the centenary of the end of World War One, Calderdale Council is also taking part in the nationwide event, ‘Battle’s Over – WW1 Beacons of Light’.

The Last Post will be played outside Halifax Minster at 6:55pm followed by the lighting of the beacon at Beacon Hill at 7:00pm as part of a chain of over 1000 beacons around the country, symbolising the light of hope that emerged from the darkness of war. The Town Crier will give the ‘Cry For Peace Around The World’ at 7:05 pm and the Minster bells will then ‘ring for peace’.

In addition, there will be a poppy exhibition in Halifax Town Hall throughout Remembrance Week.
The poppy exhibits have been made by individuals, schools and community groups  from across Calderdale and will be on display at Halifax Town Hall from 9:30am-4:30pm from Monday 5 to Friday 9 November and from 9:30am-4:30pm on Monday 12 November.

There will be Great War Poetry Readings at Halifax Town Hall on Wednesday 7 November at 7pm and a performance by the Hanover Girls’ Choir at the Minster on Saturday 10 November at 7pm.
The Mayor of Calderdale, Cllr Marcus Thompson, said:

“I’m proud to be representing Calderdale during Remembrance 2018. This year events will be particularly poignant as we commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.
I know local people will be keen to take part in services to remember those who have lost their lives in conflict. The lighting of the beacon, alongside more than 1000 others across the UK, will be a moving tribute, as will the Town Hall’s poppy exhibition, which will feature hundreds of poppies made by people in Calderdale.”

To find out more about Remembrance Week and the Poppy Appeal, visit https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/

Halifax Minster Summer Festival – Senior Citizens Orchestra

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Senior Citizens Orchestra – Friday 6 July, 10:30am

This FREE event is aimed at older people, especially those who are often housebound and isolated, who may benefit from the opportunity to get out and about and enjoy listening to a melody of popular tunes played by Calderdale’s own Senior Citizens Orchestra led by Judith McLean. If you know people who would benefit from such an event like this, please bring them along. We would like to encourage Care Homes to organise transport for their residents to attend. This event is in partnership with Calderdale Council’s Staying Well Project.

Refreshments will be provided and served at the end of the performance.

Halifax Minster has been holding the Summer Festival from Thursday 28 June to Sunday 8 July with a variety of music, art, poetry and tours. The full program can be downloaded here.

West Yorkshire Police Summer Concert

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This year’s West Yorkshire Police Summer Concert will take place on Monday 18 June, 7:30pm-10:00pm at Halifax Minster.

Chief Constable, Dee Collins, is delighted to invite you to enjoy music from the West Yorkshire Police Brass Band, alongside other local performers.

The event is FREE but places are limited so to reserve a ticket please go to Eventbrite. Tickets will be allocated strictly on a first come, first served basis and are restricted to 4 tickets per request.

If you are unable to attend and no longer require tickets for this event could you please contact Jennifer Foster via email at jennifer.foster@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

 

fairandfunky Fair Trade Conference for Primary Schools

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On Friday 18 May at Halifax Minster will be the fairandfunky Fairtrade Conference for Primary schools.

The fairandfunky Fairtrade Conference brings together Primary Schools from across Calderdale to celebrate World Fair Trade Day. The conference will ignite enthusiasm and interest in both pupils and teachers to maintain awareness and understanding of Fairtrade and how it can be taught within busy classrooms.

Interactive workshops involving creative arts, drama, and real life stories, from fairandfunky, Fair Grounds, Fair Connections and Suma Wholefoods will take delegates on a Fairtrade Adventure around the world and discover how to take a break with Fairtrade!

The conference is supported by The Fairtrade Foundation and Eco-Schools, and will help schools progress on both the Fairtrade Schools Award and ‘Eco-Schools’ journey. During lunch delegates will be able to enjoy networking opportunity with sponsors and workshop providers and shop in the ethical marketplace. The event will close with certificate presentations from Holly Lynch MP.

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