Our Church Development Project
We seek to be a blessing for the community through mission and worship. Our building development will give us greater flexibility and access, increased social provision and enhanced heritage interpretation. There is a new level floor throughout with new heating and lighting, additional accessible toilet facilities, increased meeting space and a new kitchen for enhanced hospitality. There will also be a range of heritage displays, workshops and events.
Whilst the building work is being carried out, our regular services are held in the Clarke Foley Centre which is located on Cunliffe Road. Please click here for regular service times.
Carry Lynott is our Heritage Manager and her role covers 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.
“It’s been an exciting and busy few months since I took up my post at the end of September. My first priority was to really get to know about the History and Heritage of All Saints to ensure that our work with the Heritage Interpretation Consultants does justice to the rich heritage of our church and parish. At the same time and continuing with the theme of connexions and learning, I have begun to establish contacts with local schools and the University of Leeds so that they all know about the developments taking place and the future opportunities that will be on offer for them to engage with the exciting and interesting programme of heritage activities and events.”
Almost immediately that the work started in Church, when Dobsons lifted up the old stone floor, there was a need to call in the archaeologists as three memorial stones were uncovered lying beneath the stone floor slabs. It was important to check that these were not gravemarkers and so Rebecca Hunt from CFA Archaeology Ltd was brought in by Dobsons to ensure that the presence of the memorials was investigated appropriately. When the stones were eventually lifted there was no evidence to suggest that they were gravemarkers and so the archaeologist made sure that all the necessary details were recorded and work continued inside the church.
Rebecca remained on site for another week as she was called upon once more to advise on and record more archaeological remains that came to light as the diggers began to dig down for the foundations of the Link Passage between the Church and Church House.
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.
The work so far…
Stained glass window
Following the removal of the stained glass window, the York Glaziers Trust have been cleaning and restoring each pane. The window will be reinstated in a new position within the South Aisle in the Church towards the end of the project.
Link Building takes shape
Over the past week we have seen the steel structure for the Link Building taking shape with each piece of the frame being carefully put together. This picture was taken from the bell tower looking down on part of the Link.
Progress for Link Building
A New Year and a new building! This is the view from the bell tower looking down at the Link Building. Part of the foundations have been established and construction of the steel work will commence in the coming weeks. Once built, the Link Building will connect the main Church to Church House, providing a light and airy welcome space as well as increased safety for children and vulnerable adults.
Inside the Church
During the last week the wiring for the new sound and lighting system has been put in place. We have also had decorators cleaning and painting in the eaves.