Christmas Events galore at Halifax Minster

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

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

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

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.

Spooky Tales for Halloween with David Glover

Thursday 31 October 2019 – 7.30pm to 9.30pm
At Halifax Minster, Causeway, Halifax, HX1 1QL

Enjoy an evening of ghost stories in the atmospheric candlelit Halifax Minster with David Glover

General admission is just £5.28 and can be purchased online via eventbrite here

Upcoming Illustrated Local History Lectures from David Glover

David Glover, the president of the Halifax Antiquarian Society will be presenting a number of local history lectures in June and July 2019.

On Thursday 20 June, 6:00pm-7:30pm at Central Library, Square Road, Halifax HX1 1QG there will be a talk on The Brontës & Halifax Parish: Links Old & New. Calderdale has an amazing variety of little known connections with the Brontës. Did you know Charlotte bought her wedding dress in Halifax? Hear about this and much more.

On Tuesday 25 June, 7:30pm, David is speaking at The Grayston Unity Bar (opposite Halifax Town Hall Porch) about Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights and High Sunderland.  Tickets at £5.00 must be booked in advance on 07807 136520 as seating is very limited.

On Thursday 27 June, 7:30pm, at St. Matthew’s Church, Wakefield Road, Lightcliffe, there will be a talk about John Crossley & Sons of Dean Clough 1803-1982.  Entry is  £5.00 and tickets can be obtained from Tony Hillam on 01274 675405.

A talk about the Young Anne Lister, 1791-1811 will take place on Friday 12 July, 7:00pm at Halifax Minster where Anne is buried. Tickets are available through Eventbrite or from Halifax Minster on 01422 355436.

The following day, Saturday 13 July, 3:00pm there will also be an Anne Lister themed tour of Halifax Minster. Tickets again £5 may be obtained from the Minster on the number given above.

Halifax Minster Summer Festival 2019

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