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Heritage Day 8th September 2018 – History in Stone

View All Saints Church Ilkley from the outside and inside and discover the history of Ilkley. There will also be an opportunity for small groups to visit the church tower and discover the ancient art of bell ringing. Discover the origins of the ancient church situated in the footprint of a Roman fort. Roman stones were used to build the first church, perhaps dating from cAD627. There are Anglo-Saxon remains in its walls and unique crosses in its tower. See also artefacts dating from the 1600s and later items such as the William Morris studio stained glass window and the unique bell ringers’ window. This is a chance to see the church in its 1860s form before its refurbishment in 2019. Discover more aspects of the history of Ilkley including those in the neighbouring Manor House museum. Draw the church and make a model of the church with its tower. Also discover the ancient art of church bell ringing. See the All Saints bells in action and maybe have a go yourself – under supervision, of course! Full details available at The day will run from 11am to 3pm, with the ringing available until 1pm, and all are very much welcome!

Pray for Dallam 1 Venture

Please pray for the Dallam 1 Venture, a Christian holiday week running from 4th-11th August.  Please pray that God’s wisdom would be present during the week and pray too for those preparing the week, that it would be the best it can be.  Please click here to view a supporting prayer leaflet for Dallam 1.

Sun cream and sun hats needed!


Thank you for your support following our appeal for sun hats and sun cream last week.  St. George’s Crypt are still collecting items for homeless people to use during this summer heatwave.  If you can purchase and donate these items please leave them in the box at the back of All Saints Church.  Your support is greatly appreciated!

Changes to Saints Alive magazine

About a month ago, a group of Saints Alive editors, both past and present, met to discuss the future of our Parish Magazine.  The most recent team of editors have done a fantastic job of producing the magazine each month and we are thankful for the time and energy that they have given.  However it was felt by us all that the magazine, in its current form, had come to an end.

We have decided to take a break from Saints Alive with our last issue being the September publication.  From September to April we will continue to produce the diary pages and a ‘vicar’s letter’ and this will be produced from the Church Office.

During this break our aim will be to discern God’s plan for the magazine and we would welcome anyone who would like to be a part of this process.  Any feedback about the magazine would also be gratefully received.  Please contact the Church Office ( or 01943 816035).

If you are a regular subscriber to Saints Alive, we will of course offer you a refund for the remaining issues for this year.  Please contact the office and a refund can be arranged.

Finally, thank you to all who have had an input in the magazine and please pray for Saints Alive as we discern God’s will going forward.

Summer Sundays at All Saints Ilkley

This Sunday marks the beginning of our Summer Sundays season where each week we will be exploring the life of Joseph.  Our 11am services will be All Age Worship services where everyone is invited to join us.  Our children’s groups will not be running but we welcome all children to gather in Church.

England vs Colombia game

Come and join us in Church House on Tuesday evening to watch England vs Colombia.  Come along from 6.30pm for a 7pm kick off.  Soft drinks will be provided but please feel free to bring any snacks or food along too.  All welcome!

An recent newsletter from Hope Housing

Hope Housing is a Christian homeless project (run by Helen Syrop, member of St Stephens Church, West Bowling) where we send adult items from the Pants Bank and help with furniture.  We really want to share their most recent newsletter with you which highlights the great work that has been done in recent months.  Please click here to read their latest update.

Calling all photographers!


We have a unique opportunity for budding photographers to develop their skills under the guidance of a professional.  Before, during and after our development work in Church and with the Link, we have a professional photographer taking a full record for display, publication and archives.

It has been agreed as part of the commission that tutoring will be given for a small number of volunteer amateurs who would like to develop their skills. There will be some coaching and photographing during the next couple of months, occasionally during the works-phase, then again a comprehensive set of pictures next spring and summer.

If you’ve got your own camera and would be interested, please contact Derek Twine (

Pants Bank & Margi’s Trip to Uganda – an update!


I recently spent 2 weeks in Kabale, SW Uganda visiting friends from Kent who have founded a charity ‘Alongside Africa’ which is focused on turning around the lives of street children of all ages.I took out with me dozens of pairs of pants for boys and girls, donated very kindly by All Saints.  The charity currently supports about 50 ex-street children who are now able to attend school (mainly through UK sponsors giving £25 a month per child). There is a drop-in centre open daily giving a safe space where they can go in the holidays to be fed and cared for as well as being the first place of contact for other street children to begin to move back into receiving care and support.  When I arrived it was during the school holidays and 30-40 children were at the drop in each day.  Term then restarted and pants were being gratefully distributed as children returned to their boarding schools!

For teenagers there is a recently opened Halfway House where at the moment 18 boys and girls live, learning to adjust to life off the streets. They learn basic life skills and share in the duties of cooking, cleaning and gardening as well as receiving some basic education. Placements in a hairdressing salon and sewing/craft skills are provided for the girls and car maintenance experience for the boys. Its challenging for these teenagers to choose to come off glue-sniffing and shoplifting as a way of life and accept some discipline and order into their previously chaotic lives.  While I was there one boy left as he wanted to make his own choices and continue glue-sniffing and another joined an old friend not at the centre and committed a robbery.  The police caught him and he spent 3 weeks in prison but has now been released and returned to the Halfway House – hopefully a wiser lad.  On a positive note, others are making good progress and one lad of 16 after his first night there said, ‘ I have never slept on a mattress – it is heaven!’

I was awed and inspired at all one couple in their mid-50’s have already done in a few years, with the help of some very skilled dedicated local Ugandans and it was a privilege to be a tiny part of their work for a short time. Thank you again for all who supported this project in any way.

Margi Walker

Heritage Manager Vacancy


Following our successful Round 2 pass and delivery funding support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), All Saints Ilkley is recruiting a Heritage Manager to help deliver our detailed Heritage Development Plan. The role is to support the heritage interpretation and activity plan of this thriving and historic asset: Roman Fort, Saxon Crosses, Roman Altars, medieval building, Victorian extensions, 21st Century community activity, educational programme and amazing volunteers.

The post-holder will work with a wide project team including our architect, heritage lighting consultant and heritage interpretation consultant. There will be community engagement, and volunteer interaction.

The post is 0.4 FTE for 3 years 9 months based on £23k pro-rata.  The closing date is 20th July 2018.  For full details about the role, please click here.  Please click here to apply.  If you would like any further information, please contact our Development Coordinator, Derek Twine, via email