The Re-ordering of All Saints', Salterhebble. 1997 - 2000
It was as far back as 1991 that the Church council began to look at the idea of re- ordering the church to provide a building more suitable for the church's task of worship, outreach, and service, for the next century. There have been many planning meetings, prayer meetings and gift days since then, but today we finally see the project completed. The church is now equipped with a kitchen, office and toilets, with a crèche and meeting rooms for all the age groups of children, with a refurbished worship area and new furniture. The heating, lighting and sound systems have been renewed and the whole building decorated.
There are many people to thank - Nick Rank, our original architect who came up with the first basic plan; Stuan Beaumont, who took over as architect at an early stage and has done all the detailed design work; Chris Harris, who has given us his professional expertise as project manager, and Terry Holden, who has given so much time and energy to the role of 'site manager'. Others have played significant roles too, such as Trevor Whitaker and Tony Knowles.
Apart from grants of £7,000, the whole of the £245,000 cost has been met by the sacrificial giving of the congregation. It was also agreed from the start that we would tithe the income to the project - that is, we would give away 10% to various charities at home and abroad. As a result, not only do we have a renewed building ourselves, but we have been able to help about a dozen different projects, including the building and equipping of a whole church in India.
Above all, our thanks go today to the Lord God himself for making this whole project possible - for giving us the vision, and the resources, both human and financial, to see this work completed. Of course, in a real sense, the task is not complete, it is only just beginning. We have before us the challenge of being the church in this area for the 21st century. We now have a building well-equipped for our stated mission aims of worship, outreach, service, and fellowship. It is now up to us all under God to see that in the years ahead we use it to his glory and to allow the Light of Christ to shine from this place into the new millennium.
Tim Wilson, Vicar of All Saints' 7th January 2000
Phase 1 of the re-ordering, completed in 1997 provided the church with a parish office, toilets with facilities for the disabled, a kitchen, a lounge and extra meeting rooms for children's and other groups. The main upstairs room has been named the Warneford Room, in honour of the first Vicar of the parish, John Henry Warneford.
In August 1999 we approached completing Phase 2 of our internal reordering project.
This provided us with additional meeting rooms and toilet facilities for children's work, and new heating, ventilation and lighting systems. We have replaced pews with more flexible seating arrangements, brought the Holy Table further forward in the church so we can gather round it as the family of God, and generally made the best use of the church building.
The project included the following improvements:
Building - Removal and replacing the floor, remedial work on the roof, and erecting ash partitioning so converting the Baptistry into a new room suitable for the crèche, with additional toilet facilities. Decorating the church throughout.
Heating - Improvements for winter, with new insulated warm air ducting, and more outlets especially close to the pillars. Also improved ventilation for summer, using the ducts to bring fresh air into the building, and de-stratification fans hanging from the ceiling.
Furniture - Removal of the pews; replaced with comfortable, upholstered chairs.
Accoustics - New sound (PA and music) equipment throughout, including sound desk, cassette and CD decks, amplifiers, (more wires!) and cable ducting for future enhancements. New audio loop system.
We recently celebrated 150 years of Salterhebble Parish, and the current improvements will allow the church to meet the needs of the next generation(s). - A building for the 21st Century!
The following report is taken from the Halifax Courier, 27th April 2000 and 6th May 2000.
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HALIFAX CIVIC TRUST AWARD
A church has been rewarded for it's design and building work by the Halifax Civic Trust.
The modernisation of All Saints' Church, Dudwell Lane, Skircoat Green, Halifax, a mill conversion at Hall Street, Halifax, and the renovation of part of Hillway House, Northowram, have scooped the prestigious awards.
They will be presented with plaques at the trust's annual meeting at Halifax Town Hall on May 4.
The prizes are given annually for high quality new building or the restoration or landscaping of existing buildings.
All Saints' Church has had a £216,000 two-phase refurbishment designed by One 17 AD Architects, of Huddersfield, which began in 1997.
A mezzanine floor, a kitchen, toilets, an office and a crèche have been created and new seating installed.
In total the church raised £240,000 for the work but 10 per cent of it was given away as a "tithe" to charity including paying for a church in India.
The work was carried out by local craftspeople and parishioners were involved in the scheme.
© The Halifax Courier Ltd
New President takes pride in town's heritage
Leading entrepreneur Sir Ernest Hall, newly elected president of Halifax Civic Trust, told members how proud he was to be involved in the work of the trust, which exists to protect and improve the town's heritage.
Sir Ernest, founder of the business and arts complex at Dean Clough, Halifax, was welcomed by the trust's chairman, Mr Stephen Bell, at the group's annual meeting at Halifax Town Hall.
Halifax Civic Trust Awards, given annually for high quality new building, restoration or landscaping work in the town, were presented by Sir Ernest for three schemes. (Including the reordering of All Saints' Church, Skircoat Green, Halifax.)
Dr John Hargreaves, secretary of the Halifax Antiquarian Society and author of "Halifax", a new history of the town, gave an illustrated talk on "The changing face of Halifax" over the centuries.
The Mayor of Calderdale, Coun Peter Coles, presided.