This video shows Donald Swift, 92, a member of our church ascending on a Wurlitzer, to open the 2015 Saltaire Conversazione. Donald has lived in the Saltaire area all his life and is an avid fan of the Wurlitzer. Organist is David Lowe. Song is Ilkley Moor Baht’ at.
We are very grateful to AB Jetting Ltd for the marvelous job they did in power washing our steps. They look really clean and fantastic now. Thanks a lot!
Denys was the son of Harold Crossley Salt and his wife Grace and therefore Great grandson of Sir Titus Salt.
He remembered his grandmother, Catherine (nee Crossley) who was the wife of Titus Junior and spoke fondly of her, recalling how she had been greatly involved in the church activities here and returned for special; events when she moved out of Milner Field.
Denys was educated at Marlborough school before going up to St. Edmund Hall College, Oxford where he graduated with an Oxford MA
After the Second World War Denys served in the British Military Government of occupied Austria in the Province of Styria and was decorated by the Austrian Government for his contribution to the reconstruction of the country.
He then went to work for the BBC where he remained for 28 years during which time he regularly visited Austria forming firm ties with the country and the people. In 1989 he married Eva Kiesling of Graz and it was there that he and Eva lived latterly, although sadly, Eva died in May 2010.
Denys first visited Saltaire in 1953 for the centenary celebrations of the village. He arrived not knowing what to expect and was overwhelmed with the scale of his ancestor’s estate. Since then Denys has visited regularly until the last two years when his health has not been strong enough for the journey. In 1955 along with representatives of 3 generations of the Salt family he was present at the opening of the Saltaire Study Centre at Shipley College. In September 2003 four generations of the family were reunited for the Saltaire Festival which commemorated the bi-centenary of the birth of Titus Salt and attended the church to rededicate the bells. Indeed each time Denys visited he came to the church for Sunday morning worship.
He visited again in 2006 for the 150th anniversary of the presentation of the marble bust to Sir Titus salt which now sits in the church porch. He came again in 2007 and 2008 for the Festival and on the second occasion he visited the new Titus Salt school. In 2009 he joined us in April for the 150th Anniversary of the opening of the church and marched up Victoria Road with us to our celebratory lunch in Victoria Hall. In September of the same year Maggie silver hosted a lunch in his honour at the Mill. ]
His last visit was in September 2012 when at the Festival he was present for the Salt Symposium , an event organised as part of the Festival.
Titus Salt was not his only famous ancestor as well as his connections with the Crossley family whose carpet business was a long established employer in Yorkshire, he was the great, great, great nephew of the poet William Cowper whose hymn “God moves in a mysterious in a mysterious way” is to be suing at his funeral service in February. His father was also a close friend of Sir John Steiner who set the tune “Cross of Jesus” to the words by John Henry Newman “Firmly I believe and truly” – a splendid hymn of certainty which Denys has also chosen to be sung on the same occasion.
All who met Denys can testify to his kindliness and vibrant interest in all whom he met. Truly a wonderful gentle, gentleman.
Valerie Jenkins with information provided by Pauline Sleight.
Saltaire United Reformed Church will be open from dawn till dusk for silent prayer and reading accounts of the Holocaust – stories of victims and survivors.
Tuesday 27 January 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. By the end of the Holocaust, six million Jewish men, women and children had perished in ghettos, mass-shootings, in concentration camps and extermination camps.
2015 is also the 20th anniversary of the genocide of 7,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica, Bosnia.
We will keep the memory alive by lighting 70 candles in the vestibule of the church before dawn, plus another 20 at midday. Anyone, of any faith or none, is welcome to join us during the day. 27 January 2015 is a day for everyone to remember the millions murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi persecution, and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. We honour the survivors of these atrocities and learn the lessons of their experiences to challenge hatred and discrimination in the UK today.
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WREN helps Saltaire United Reformed Church open to schools, scouts and bells
23rd October 2014
Saltaire United Reformed Church, with vital grant funding from Waste Recycling Environmental Limited (WREN), has completed the renewal of its steps and tower just in time for the new school year as well as another season of bell-ringing. The new school curriculum seems to be bringing more school groups than ever to visit the World Heritage village and the downstairs church rooms and washroom facilities are an important space for these young groups. The work on the damaged steps and leaking tower stonework has been essential to making these visits safe. The dry tower has also allowed the bell-ringers to return for another season and they continue to mark Sundays, weddings, celebrations and funerals with appropriate rings or peals.
The downstairs rooms and washroom facilities are also used by the thriving Beaver, Cubs and Scout groups every Wednesday; the free Toddler and Parent Group on Mondays and local community and self-help groups at other times during the week.
Peter Cox, managing director of WREN, said: “WREN makes a difference to people’s lives by awarding grants to community, environmental and heritage projects across the UK. We’re delighted to support Saltaire United Reformed Church and their valuable work with a wide range of groups”.
The church building is Grade 1 listed. The main contractor for the tower was M. Hird & Sons Ltd of Keighley and the steps were repaired by Enoch Harrison & Son of Cononley. Overton Architects of Skipton oversaw the work. Total cost to date is £6,045, out of a total project of £28,740 and WREN agreed a £5,000 grant to cover this part of the work. Further work is progressing on the church vestibule, where historic paint analysis has been completed, and community room office.
FCC Environment are the leading UK waste and resource management company and are part of a global group with a strong heritage in providing services for communities and business. Their vision is to be the environmental company of choice, delivering change for a sustainable future. They employ 2,400 people and operate more than 200 facilities across England, Scotland and Wales.
FCC Environment donates the LCF tax credits that are generated by its operations to WREN, in order to add value to the environmental and social infrastructure of the communities around landfill sites.
The recently completed improvements are being marked by a short ceremony of thanks on Sunday 2nd November 2014 at 12 noon, following the Sunday service. Cutting the tape will be Dorothy and Geoff Mawson, two church members who have helped for decades to keep the church buildings open, tidy and welcoming. Councillor Kevin Warnes, a local councillor and leader of the Green party in Bradford, is lending his support to the project. David O’Loan, the church treasurer says, “Building a truly local community is a key part of a more sustainable environment. The more we can enjoy useful creative opportunities with our neighbours, the less pressure there is to consume and expend resources. We are happy to see these tax credits being used to improve local facilities for the church, community and local schools.”
Len Morris, an Elder in the church responsible for the building, said “We are very grateful for support from WREN, FCC Environment, our excellent contractors and our architect. This is turn helps us welcome more visitors and community groups to this unique village and church.”
space to eat packed lunches 11;45 to 12:45
Visit to church and lunch in Café room
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The Angel in the mausoleum of the church has recently been cleaned..amazing to see what has been done and the gilding which has made these scriptures readable again