All Saints' Church, Halifax


Welcome Garden Timeline

To start with …

  • October 22nd 2015 – First Meeting

  • The Rev Steve Lees, Anita Watson, Richard Mullen and Margaret Binns

  • Developed a basic vision

  • Started work on Faculty

  • Comprehensive research into grant bodies.

Formally underway …

  • Sept 7th 2017 – PCC endorsement

  • Faculty continues to be developed

  • Ian Byfield and Paul Gunningham join

  • Building on research, grant bids developed

  • Start talking to contractors

  • In all we contact more than 25 different contractors.

Consultation begins …

  • The Faculty is agreed!

  • Very helpful Diocesan Advisory Group

  • Very supporting Archdeacon

  • Loads of involvement form church

  • Faculty Approved August 2018

Grant money begins to arrive …

  • Jan 28th 2019 Bank account opened

  • PCC present £13,000 from reserves

  • Donations start coming in

  • Fund raising begins

  • First event raises £1200

  • Nearly £40,000 in grants (so far)

  • Around £15,000 in donations and fundraising (so far)

    • Planning well underway work begins

The Future …

It’s good to talk (!)


The development of All Saints’ Welcome Garden was complicated and wide ranging. Here is a summary just some of the various activities involved in bringing the project to its present state.

  • All Saints’ PCC discussion and resolutions

  • Consultation with the Diocesan Advisory Committee

  • Consultation with Diocesan Archaeologist

  • Dialogue with local historical society

  • Dialogue with neighbouring All Saints’ School

  • Consultation with Diocesan Architect

  • Consultation with Digitisation companies

  • Appointment of and consultation with Landscape Architect

  • Formal Congregational Consultation

  • Formal Community Consultation

  • Consultation with Diocesan Registrar re legal matters

  • Consultation with Calderdale Council Planning Office

  • Consultation with Council Countryside Officer

  • Reference to Ecclesiastical Insurance

  • Consultation and subsequent approval of Victorian Society

  • Applications to several funding bodies and follow-ups

  • Researching contractors, assessing bids, appointments and oversight

  • Discussion with local uniformed organisation leaders

  • Discussion with local visual arts groups

  • Discussion with home schooling support group

  • Discussion with nearby hospital staff wellbeing group

  • Discussion with local Age UK

  • Discussion with local Allotments Society

  • Discussion with local toddler and childminding groups

  • Development of groups for maintenance, management and event planning.

Our grants givers

We have received the following grants towards the cost of our Welcome Garden

National Lottery Community Fund             £29,700

Bishop’s Development Fund                            £3,000

Bearders Trust                                                         £2,500

All Churches Trust                                                 £1,500

Community Foundation for Calderdale   £1,500

Total Grants:                                                             £38,200