Easter Services

The Easter services times are:

Fri 18th

Hot cross buns in the church rooms.

Good Friday worship led by Mrs Valerie Jenkins.

St Paul’s, Shipley – Good Friday walk into Shipley Centre

Shipley Churches Together Good Friday service led by Rev Sarah Jamieson.

Sat 19th

10.30am Decorate the church for Easter – please help if you can.

Sunday 20th April

10:30am Easter Service led by Valerie Jenkins

Funeral of Rev Paul Breeze

A Thanksgiving Service for the life of our late Minister Rev Paul Breeze will be held on:

1.30pm on Monday 3 February
Trinity Rawdon
New Road
LS19 6HN


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Angel Awards Nominee: Mr Len Morris for Saltaire United Reformed Church

Len Morris, a member at our Church, was recently short listed as an award angel. This short clip gives some information about what Len has been involved with regarding the restoration of our beautiful church.

Boiler Grants

If anyone is on income related benefits and has an old boiler (more than ten years), then they may want to consider getting in contact with a local company called Energy Grants Advice Service, who may be able to help them get a free boiler.

To find out more, visit their website – http://www.energy-grants.co.uk/

New Site Coming Soon…

The new site should be up and running in about an hour!

The Hand of the Carpenter

The nail of the carpenter sculpure web
A Sculpture display “The hand of the carpenter” by Marcus Levine was on show from 3rd April until September 2012 in the church. It created a great deal of interest for visitors to the church. The scupture was of a hand impaled by a large nail suggesting the hand of Christ. At a distance it looked like a goo drawing but close inspection revealed that it was created of thousands of small nails providing depth and texture.

More News of the Restoration Process

The first phase of the restoration project, the work on the canopy around the tower and the steps beneath, is complete. The exception to this is the vexed question of the hand rails! The first set that were installed were badly implemented and the contractor was obliged to remove them and was not able to invoice for the materials or work. A new hand rail set is being constructed by a different contractor but is taking much longer than expected. Meanwhile ther are a set of temporay hand rails made from timber beams and scaffolding poles. Certainly not what is suitable for the front of a grade one listed building!! The funding for phase one is secured and the work was completed in November 2010 except for the handrails which are still pending.

The mausoleum roof has been covered to protect it following the theft of its lead roof in 2009. The second phase application to English Heritage to cover repair of the windows, mausoleum and the restoration of the monuments, Sir Titus in the vestibule and the Angel Gabrielle in the mausoleum has now had a response. £30,000 remains to be raised to secure this phase of the project

King James’ Bible 400th anniversary celebrations

An exhibition of paintings, Embroideries, Collages,models to depict sections of the Authorised Version of the Bible was held from From Thursday June 23rd to Thursday June 30th 2011.

The Yorkshire Gospels, produced by members of the Saltaire and other churches in the URC in the Yorkshire Synod were displayed

King James Anniversary

King James Anniversary 3

King James Anniversary 2

Phase two of the Restoration Work Completed

news_0004_restorationThe first phase of the restoration work is now complete and the scaffolding around the tower seen on the left has been removed.  Tight security during was installed during the restoration process.  There were alarms coupled to all the scaffolding levels and the scaffolding itself had to be accessed via a locked doors.  Car parking had to be restricted.    The canopy now has a good roof and the steps are soundly set again.The hand rails have now been completed after them proving the only problematic tasks of the project! The image to the left below shows the church as in November 2010





Mausoleum redecorated web         Mausoleum Roof redecorated Web

The Mausoleum, which was badly damagedfollowing theft of lead from the roof, has now been redecorated in its origninal colour scheme. This has probably been not seen for 100 years since previous redecoration schemes were imposed. The walls and ceiling (looking up from the centre of the Mausoleum) are seen above.

The Victorian windows had been badly vandalised over many years so only a few panes remained intact. The rest had been patched up or replaced with inapropiate glass. The windows have now been refurbished, original intact panes have been cleaned. The broken panes have been replaced with matching glass and the frame work cleaned and repainted. A protective clear sheet has been placed over the outside to prevent future problems.

New lights have now been fitted arround the car park. These switch on automatically at night so providing enhanced security for the building and greate safety for those using the car park during darkness. The church gates will continue to be locked at 9:30 p.m. in the evening on weekdays and at 4:30 p.m. on Sundays.  Any cars that are left in after that will be locked in for the night.  An emergency telephone number is being provided to facilitate owners to release a vehicle but a call out fee of £30 may have to be applied.

Drive view nov 10 small 9076Fund raising continues to be vitally important. Funds have been secured thanks to English Heritage, The National Churches Trust, The Wolfston Founation, The J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust, The All Churches Trust, and donations from individuals and companies.

The restoration of the sculptures of Sir Titus Salt and the Angel guarding the mausoleum will cost £14,000. A grant has been received towards this from The Henry Moore Foundation of £3,000. If the remaining funds can be raised in the comming months work on the sculptures will be able to commence in mid 2012.

Sir Titus, where he greets you in the vestibule of the church, has not had a wash for 150 years! Can you contribute to that £10,000 that is now needed to give Sir Titus and the Angel a clean and repair?