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?


August Praise: Calling on Singers to Saltaire!

Valerie_JenkinsLove singing and looking for an August bank holiday activity with a difference?  Then look no more.  Head to beautiful Saltaire United Reformed Church in West Yorkshire and join in August Praise; an attempt to sing all 1021 hymns in Complete Mission Praise (1st edition).

Organised by Mrs Valerie Jenkins, church member of Saltaire URC (and pictured here, outside the church), the marathon singing session is estimated to take 42 hours and will mark the centenary of the 1910 Edinburgh World Missionary Conference (the forerunner of the modern ecumenical movement) and the 25th anniversary of the publication of the first edition of Mission Praise hymn book.  “But” laughs Mrs. Jenkins, “don’t think we are asking the impossible and expecting singers to sign up for the whole 42 hours – we’ve divided the time into half-hour sessions and are encouraging enthusiastic soloists, choirs, groups of family, friends, colleagues to commit to one or more thirty minute slots.”

“It will,” continues Mrs Jenkins, “be a fantastic way to spend all or part of the Bank Holiday weekend.  We’re inviting local singers as well as those from further afield.  Saltaire village is a world heritage site and buzzing with activity during bank holiday weekends, so an hour or so singing could be just be one part of a day out.  So far church groups, choirs, families and duets have all signed up – but we have plenty of room for others to join. Whoever you are and wherever you are we would love to welcome you to Saltaire next month. Musical talent is an asset, but enthusiasm is essential!”

Mrs Val Morrison, moderator of the General Assembly of the URC and Yorkshire resident, adds: “If you are thinking of visiting Yorkshire over the August Bank Holiday weekend, I’d really encourage you to sign up for one of the half hour singing slots and head for Saltaire.  There’s loads to see and do in the village and it’s also a fantastic opportunity to sing the Gospel and bear witness to your faith.”

The Mission Praise marathon will take place at the following times:

  • Thursday 26 August 7-10pm
  • Friday 27 August 10am – 7pm
  • Saturday 28 August 10.30am – 8pm
  • Sunday 29 August 10.30am – 7.30pm
  • Monday 30 August 9am – 5.30pm.

Added to website: 21 August 2010

Simply Saltaire

An Exhibition and Sale of Saltaire-themed Photographs and Artworkat the United Reformed Church, Saltaire
From 2nd May to 30th May 2010

Artists receive 25% of sale price

All other proceeds go towards the creation of an Education Centre
at the United Reformed Church



Introduction | How to donate artwork or a photo | Donations from schools |
Download or fill and fill in the form | Donate up to three items | Photo size | Artwork size
Sculpture size | Labelling donations | Where to bring your donation/s | Donation dates
Receipt of your donation/s | How the exhibition will work | Reserve prices | Sold pieces
Unsold pieces | Contact information

Welcome to Simply Saltaire, an exhibition and sale of artwork and photography to the benefit of the proposed Education and Visitor Centre at the Saltaire United Reformed Church.
Approximately 2,000 school pupils visit the Church every year to learn more about Saltaire history, and improved facilities are needed to accommodate them.  The English Heritage Lottery Fund supports a new Education Centre here and is likely to fund part, but not all, of the Project.  The aim of the “Simply Saltaire” Exhibition is contribute to this funding.

You can download these guidelines by clicking here.

All donations should have an obviously demonstrable link with Saltaire, and portray an image which shows some aspect of the physical environment or of life here. The must own the copyright of the work you donate. The event is open to anyone, and we are requesting donations of work in 2 main classes –


  • artwork in any medium
  • photographs

Schools may also submit the work of a number of children/students or of an individual child or young person, and any type of school, children’s centre or children’s or youth group can contribute.

Every donated item should be accompanied by a separate filled-in form. Donation forms can be downloaded from this website and when completed it/they should be brought with you when you deliver your work to the Church. If you are unable to download the form, please email Roger Clarke and request a form to be sent to you.

Each donor may contribute up to three items.  The organisers may have to restrict the number of exhibits dependent upon space available, and if so the best of your work will then be selected.  If all your work is not shown at the start of the exhibition, it may be shown later as other items are sold.

Photos should be mounted on board and be no more than 40 x 50 cm.

Artwork on board or framed should be no more than 75 x 60 cm.

Sculptures should be capable of mounting on a plinth or board and be easily carried by one person.  Any larger works of any kind should be discussed with the organisers before donation.

Please label your work on the reverse side with your name, address, phone number and title of work.


Bring your donation/s and form/s to:
United Reformed Church
Victoria Road
BD18 3LF

The Church is situated on Victoria Road, Saltaire, close to the railway station and opposite Salts Mill.  Its iconic tower will enable you to identify it very easily.


All dates between 2pm and 4 pm – PLEASE NOTE – more dates have been added.

  • Wednesday, 20th January
  • Saturday, 23rd January
  • Saturday, 30th January
  • Wednesday, 3rd February
  • Saturday, 6th February
  • Wednesday, 17th February
  • Saturday, 20th February
  • Saturday, 27th February
  • Wednesday, 3rd March
  • Saturday, 6th March
  • Wednesday, 10th March
  • Saturday, 13th March
  • Wednesday, 17th March
  • Saturday, 20th March
  • Wednesday, 24th March
  • Saturday, 27th March
  • Saturday, 3rd April
  • Wednesday, 7th April
  • Saturday, 10th April


You will receive a receipt for your donation.  While we will take every care to ensure the safe storage and exhibition of your work, Saltaire United Reformed Church and its representatives cannot be held responsible for any damage or loss which may occur whilst in our care.

This is not a competition.  Your work will be on display and on sale over a month period in May, 2010.  Donations will be removed as purchases are made.  Any donations remaining at the end of the month will be sold at auction on Monday, 31st May.

You will be asked to state a price below which the work cannot be sold or a reserve price if it is auctioned.

If your work is sold, you will receive 25% of the purchase price to contribute to your costs, and the remaining 75% will be donated to the Education Centre Fund.

If unsold you will be asked to collect it, or we will discuss other options with you.

Please email Roger Clarke if you wish to make other arrangements.

Thank you for your donation and your interest.

Roger Clarke
Fred Gilbert
Len Morris

Pilots visit Warwick Castle

falconer_with_eagleA group of church members went off for the day to see what “Pilots” were up to at Warwick Castle.  The Pilots are the young membership organization of the United Reformed Church. We arrived under blue skies just in time to watch the magnificent birds of prey being put through their paces, while eating a much needed lunch.

Some of the energetic ones went to scale the battlements whilst others explored the various historic scenes depicting, with very life-like figures, preparations for the forth-coming battle between King Edward of the House of York and the House of Lancaster.  There was also a fantastic enactment of a Royal Weekend Party from the early 20th century, where upon entry we were formally announced to the Countess of Warwick by her butler and later had a word with the Prince of Wales and a young Winston Churchill.


end_of_dayThe atmosphere at the closing Worship was wonderful, lots of people sitting on the grass or standing, singing and dancing, playing guitars, praising God and thanking Him for His goodness, after which we made our way through the magnificent peacocks back to the minibus.  Paul, our minister, drove us safely home, stopping for the traditional fish and chip supper on the way back!