Halifax Minster

All the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations in Calderdale

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Calderdale is teeming with events to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. From days of music at the Piece Hall, Flower exhibitions at Halifax Minster and local street parties at the Space at Fieldlane, there are many ways to celebrate this unique event!

Look out for the Calderdale Adult Learning Art competition and the Queen’s Jubilee beacon trail to name but a few.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations in Calderdale

Flower and Music Festival at Halifax Minster for Platinum Jubilee

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Halifax Minster will be blooming during the extended weekend celebrations, bringing to you a series of musical celebration events for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

From Thursday the 2nd of June to Monday 6th of June there will be stunning floral art installations, flower arranging demonstrations and live music events, closing with the Jubilee Civic Service in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The flower exhibits will be open
10.00am – 4.00pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday
12.00om – 4.00pm on Sunday

There will be an entry fee of £2.50 for those over 16, under 16 go Free 

  • Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th at 2pm : Flower Arranging Demonstrations
    Limited spaces, please reserve your place through Eventbrite
    Tickets are free but you will need to pay entrance fee at the Minster
  • Saturday 4th at 12pm : Nicola Mills – Opera for the People Concert
    Limited spaces, please reserve your place through Eventbrite
    Tickets are free but you will need to pay entrance fee at the Minster
  • Saturday 4th at 7.30pm : Elland Silver Band Concert
    Adults: £8.00 Under 16 go Free. Tickets on the door.
  • Sunday 5th at 6pm : Jubilee Civic Service
    Free entrance, no booking required. All welcome

A Celebration of Wellbeing and Mental Health Wednesday May 11th

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Halifax Minster in partnership with Calderdale Interfaith and Healthy Minds are hosting a Celebration of Wellbeing and Mental Health on Wednesday the 11th May as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.

The session is FREE to attend. There will be talks from Jim Mc Manus, director of Public Health Hertfordshire and Calderdale’s Healthy Minds, Jonny Richardson.

A vegetarian Lunch will be provided to all attendees.

Calderdale College will present a drama and there will be workshops in the afternoon.

Please register for your free place through Eventbrite here:

Celebration of Wellbeing and Mental Health at Halifax Minster

All most Welcome.

 

 

Anne Lister Birthday week 1st-10th of April

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What a dynamo of a character! A Nineteenth Century land-owning, business-operating, mountain- and social-climbing genius who didn’t take any guff from any man. A woman who wanted a wife! A woman who recorded every bit of her interior and exterior world, leaving us a written record of her life and times, unmatched by anyone, ever.” — https://www.annelisterbirthdayweek.com/ Why, What Who

Very little daunted the indomitable Anne Lister of Halifax, a little Covid pandemic wouldn’t stump her! Two years later than initially planned, 2022 will see Halifax celebrating Anne Lister’s 231st birthday in style!
Brought to global attention due to Sally Wainwright’s BBC/HBO series, Gentleman Jack, Anne Lister will be celebrated during her birthday week by a festival all over Halifax.

The festival will bring Anne Lister’s story to life through tours, talks, gatherings and the distinctiveness of Halifax’s stunning heritage sites, including Anne’s historic home, Shibden Hall, plus Halifax Minster, The Piece Hall, Dean Clough, The Victoria Theatre, Bankfield museum and many more.

Libraries across Calderdale will mark Anne’s birthday with displays, writing workshops, drawing corners, themed kids’ activity sheets and more.

More information and visiting / booking details for events can be found at the Visit Calderdale website:

www.visitcalderdale.com/anne-lister-birthday-festival-2022

Further read

Visit Calderdale: Events information and things Anne Lister related

Anne Lister Birthday Week festival

Anne Lister’s birthday celebration goes global

Inaugural meeting of the Anne Lister Society 8-9 April

A little bit about Anne Lister

Anne Lister’s Organ Sonata Premiere at Halifax Minster April 7th

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Celebrate Anne Lister’s birthday week with this pop inspired organ work by female composer and organinst Dr. Rebekah Okpoti at Halifax Minster, where Anne Lister was buried.

Thursday April 7th @ 7.30pm

Composed to bring to life the sound world of Anne Lister. Research into Anne’s diaries and social circle lead us to believe she played both Organs housed at the Minster. Funded by Arts Council England, Calderdale Council and Halifax Organ and Choral Academy.

For tickets and further information, visit the dedicated Eventbrite page

Tickets: £5.00 (+28p booking fee)

Book your tickets through Eventbrite

Anne Lister Birthday Week 2 – 9 April 2022

Halifax Minster – Covid Memorial Service March 20

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Halifax Minster, on behalf of the whole Calderdale community, is organising a service to commemorate the second anniversary of the Covid pandemic and the start of lockdown. The service will be the opportunity to remember the 459 residents of Calderdale who have died due to Covid and to give thanks for the hard work of all the keyworkers of Calderdale during the past two years to help maintain community life.

At the service a candle will be lit for each person who has died and an artwork installation to remember all those affected by the pandemic will be on display for the first time. The artwork, made up of the thousands of prayer cards and messages hung on our Remembrance Trees over the past 2 years, will be hung in the Minster’s tower in front of the West Window where it can be seen from inside and out. It will be floodlit with the colours of the rainbow to represent the hope shown by communities during the difficult times of the pandemic.

You would be most welcome to join us at the service on Sunday March 20th at 4pm . Please feel free to pass on this invitation to others who may wish to attend.

With every good wish

Andy Barber

www.halifaxminster.org.uk

Christmas Events galore at Halifax Minster

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Enjoy Christmas in all its splendour at the Halifax Minster. There are Carol Services, Christmas themed events for all the family to enjoy and all the celebrations associated with this wonderful time of the year for you to enjoy.

Some of the events include:

  • Advent Quiet Day : Saturday 27th November
  • Advent Carol Service : Sunday 28th November 6:30pm – 8pm
  • Christmas Tree Festival 3rd – 6th December

For a full list of Christmas Events (and more!) please click below :

Today At The Minster

The Halifax Minister
Unit 3, Causey Hall, Dispensary Walk, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1QR
T: 01422 355436

Ogham Tree Textile Exhibition by the Piecemakers at Halifax Minster

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A unique exhibition is taking place at Halifax Minster this Autumn, displaying 21 murals on fabric, each for the 21 native trees of Great Britain that make up the Celtic Ogham Calendar.

Aside from the richly colourful tapestries, there is a map of where these 21 trees can be found around Halifax, detailed journals about each tree and even the option for visitors to make their own mark on fabric!

 

 

 

 

Some of the eyecatching tapestries hanging along the panels of Halifax Minster.

 

Closeups of the tapestries

 

And this red/yellow flower is my mark in the rag rugging!

Map where you can find the trees around Halifax and the Ogham Calendar

Samples of the tree inspired journals, containing images, fabric collage, prints and even leaves.

The 21 individually designed panels, each measuring 100 x 60cm, reflect the mythology, folklore and distinctive features of the native trees of Great Britain as depicted in the Celtic Ogham, an ancient alphabet and calendar including trees such as the Oak, Apple, Willow and Ash.

Vintage fabrics and donated materials were used to showcase a variety of traditional techniques, including embroidery, goldwork, applique, patchwork and 3D creations, utilising the individual creative and artistic skills of the Piecemakers as weavers, stitchers, embroiderers, quilters, painters and printers.

The Halifax Minster is an exceptional building and should be further explored whilst visiting the exhibition

Booklets are available to purchase, explaining the exhibition. The public are invited to participate in the heritage craft of Rag Rugging, within Covid guidelines.

The Piecemakers of Elland: www.piecemakers.co.uk

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.