Who are All Hallows ?
We are a friendly and welcoming Christian community located in a village setting to the south of Huddersfield. We are all shapes and sizes, young and old (although probably with a leaning towards the latter), with a wide mix of members who are outgoing, shy, voluble, quiet, hard-working, creative… ready to laugh at anything, but particularly ourselves. We have a healthy divergence of opinion on many issues, but an ability to work together to get things done and able to make change happen without falling out with each other.
We see involvement with the local community as a key part of our role as Christians and we now have several members trained as pastoral ministers as well as others who link with many of the local organisations. We have two church first schools in the parish as well as a middle school and involvement with these schools has improved considerably over the last few years.
We are blessed with a beautiful 800 year old church which can seat about 440 people and which fills you with a sense of wonder when you consider how God has been worshipped in this same building for eight centuries.
We are also burdened by an 800 year old building which requires a lot of upkeep, is difficult to heat and has many uncomfortable, historic pews.
About the Building:
All Hallows Church is a large and beautiful building dating back at least eight centuries with a list of incumbents that can be traced back at least as far as 1230. As might be expected of such an ancient parish there is a great deal of history associated with the church building which has been recently restored with the aid of English Heritage.
The church is built of local stone with a stone slate roof, and is a Grade I listed building. There are a number of stained glass windows including the main East window and one of the finest modern stained glass art-deco windows in Yorkshire by Christopher Whall. There is a beautifully decorated and gilded medieval ceiling over the nave. The pews are also ancient, with some of them being pre-reformation. There are a number of 17th and 18th Century books, a 16th Century lectern and a 17th Century chalice is on loan to York Minister.
The organ is a three manual instrument originally built by Peter Connacher of Huddersfield.
The bell tower contains a chiming clock and a peal of eight bells, which are rung on a regular basis by an enthusiastic team of local ringers and which regularly attracts visiting teams.