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Our Church Development story to date….

August 2018 – Heritage Manager appointed to All Saints Ilkley


We are delighted to announce the appointment of Carry Lynott as Heritage Manager.

Carry’s role will cover all aspects of the exciting heritage plan in progress at All Saints Ilkley, which will tell, and interpret, the story of the church and its people from the times of the Roman Fort, through the life of the medieval and Victorian eras, right up to the current 21st-Century renovation works. This includes working with artists and writers, architects and designers, as well as various voluntary roles. New resources are being prepared, including digital experiences as well as written material.

Over the next two years there will be a wide range of activities for the community including a “memories project”, and opportunities for all ages to engage with the heritage of our community and our church.

For full details of the announcement, please click here.

March 2018 – All Saints Development to proceed, with HLF support.

Psalm 145:3 – Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise. The vision, generosity and prayers of the All Saints’ family have been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which has awarded us a grant of £543,700 towards our Church Development Plans. Together with the funds already raised by All Saints Ilkley of over £600,000, we will now be proceeding with our development plans inside Church and with our new Link building.  For more details of this fantastic news click here and to read the official Media Release (March 20) click here.

January 2018

At the end of January we had a site visit from a team from the HLF. They looked at the Church and our plans for the Link and Church House and met with our architect and quantity surveyor as well as with Jonathan Wright and Derek Twine.  We anticipated our submission being considered by their Yorkshire and Humberside Committee in March and we waited in prayer for the outcome.

November 2017 – Wonderful progress from All Saints’ team and friends.

We completed our HLF Development Stage and submitted our application for a major HLF Delivery grant. There has been great support from the congregation with gifts and talents, especially fundraising for our matched funding for the church and for the Link. We have had a wonderful input from our professional advisors and consultants and our temporary Heritage Manager, Rebecca Greenfield. Letters of support for our application have come from across the community: community leaders, local historians and Bishop Toby and Archdeacon Andy. We have been greatly encouraged.



We’ve been saving up for the development project and explored avenues of funding for a while now. There has a been a wonderful generosity of giving but to get to the next step we need to raise a further £300,000.

If we reach this milestone we will have attained 75% of our overall target which will enable major grant awarding bodes to consider our applications. It will also help us take some big decision about the timing of the project.

£300,000 is a crucial target for our future vision for the Church, Link and Church House.

Please pray, please give or pledge and please pray like we’ve never prayed for this project before.

Please click on the following link – HOW TO GIVE


Heritage Focus Day

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Members of All Saints were joined by architects, historians and archaeologists and members from local community groups and the Council, for workshops looking at our church’s heritage which was organised by Rebecca Greenfield (holding a 6 month role as Heritage Manager.).

We addressed “What aspects of our heritage are most important to me?” and “What might be good ways of telling the heritage story of All Saints?”.
The sessions were led by Derek Twine (Development Coordinator) and Bill Bevan, who is Chairman of the Association of Heritage Interpretation.
The views and suggestions are all being considered in our overall development planning, which is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund”.
  • Visitor Survey

    Please complete our short Visitor Survey to help us find out what you know about the heritage of All Saints, whether you visit and what you would like to discover about the church and it’s surrounding area.

    Our survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete and your views will really help us to interpret our heritage in the most interesting and accessible way. Our online version is on Survey Monkey – please click here.

    If you’d prefer, please download a hard copy of the survey, complete and return to the Parish Office – 6 Church Street. – please click here.

          • Wonderful News

            Wonderful news for our church development at All Saints Ilkley.

            The Heritage Lottery Fund has assessed our application and given us a first-round pass, together with a development grant of up to £22,700; this is with a view to a following application for an HLF delivery grant of £543,000.
            For more information about Heritage Lottery – please visit their website 
            Our overall vision also includes refurbishment of Church House (our hall, meeting rooms and offices) and a new Link Building. Overall the total project will cost more than £1.5 million; through a combination of generous giving, pledges and grants, to date we have already raised over £512,690 – end of November figure.
            Please click here to download our full Press Release.
          • Allchurches Trust Grant

            “We’re delighted to have received a grant of £14,000 from the Allchurches Trust towards our church development project. which is a most generous and welcome contribution supplementing our own fundraising efforts. We can permit ourselves a moment of celebration and a prayer of thanks, and then move on to our further ventures with great encouragement.”

          • Church Development

            Our vision for All Saints Church in Ilkley is to see an ever increasing number of people come to an ever-deepening relationship with God and an overflow with his blessing to our community and beyond. Church development is through people and prayer yet we also need a place…a place to offer service to others, a place to meet, a place for the community, a place to worship, a place to reflect and pray. We have an exciting vision for our place at All Saints and for our contribution to our local community and its visitors.

          • Our Building Development

            All plans have now been confirmed for our building development plans for the church itself, for Church House, (our church hall, rooms and office) and for a new Link Building between the two. This will give the whole community a wonderful asset which balances respect for the heritage of the site and building with modern and practical facilities for the 21st century and will be a great base from which the church can offer it’s reach to even more people. We are now about to embark on securing resources to help make the plans become a reality. The detailed building plans are displayed for viewing inside the church itself. Enquiries or offers of support are welcome.