As we begin 2018, the Rector and PCC of the Parish of Guiseley with Esholt would like to wish everyone a very happy and peaceful New Year.
From pilgrimages and parades to a new parish centre, from Messy Church to Movember, we’ve been busy in 2017, and we hope you enjoy just a few highlights:
There were a huge number of visitors at this year’s Christmas Fair – thanks to our army of volunteers who helped make it such a resounding success. The jumpers came out in force for our Christmas Jumper Competition:
Even Santa was impressed. … (even if the Rector wasn’t).
St Oswald’s Church, a Grade 1 listed building, has two stained glass windows which are World War 1 memorials.
One is on the North side of church and the other on the South side. The Lych gate is also a World War 1 memorial. Close inspection of the window on the South side will reveal the wear and tear from 99 years of sun, wind and rain. This window has become bowed and cracked, and is in need of restoration. A project to renovate and protect the window together with the Lych gate is now underway.
The plan is to complete the work by September 2018 so that the anniversary of the end of World War 1 hostilities can be marked with a service of rededication at St Oswald’s. As this is a significant event in our community’s history, the aim is to mark the 100th anniversary with projects, concerts and exhibitions involving our schools, community organisations and other churches.
Sponsorship being encouraged from local businesses and organisations to
supplement a bid being submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The names of the 151 men who lost their lives in World War 1 were read out at our Remembrance Service this year: our aim is to ensure that their contribution during World War 1 is marked in next year’s centenary so that the town that they helped establish and preserve is appropriately marked by us all.
This week’s Music for Remembrance Concert was very well attended, especially for a mid-week event, and the choir were superb. The programme, which included music by Farrant, Stanford, Aston and Sumsion, was ambitious but executed with musicality and enthusiasm.
The Allegri Miserere is a particularly treacherous piece to pull off, but went very well. Our chorister Maddy, who is only 13, sang the high first soprano part in the semi-chorus with ease and poise. Tina, Gill and Peter who, as always, sang with musicality and assurance joined Maddy in the semi-chorus. Maddy and Peter also sang the solo sections in Gabriel Faure’s Requiem, which we sang after the interval.
Our thanks to Jonathan Kingston who once again came to play the organ.
With Advent Sunday only 3 weeks away and our first Christmas engagement next week, we have a very busy time ahead. The choir continues to show a high level of commitment and dedication.
A massive thank you to everyone in our congregation who put pound coins in the Bells Whisky Bottle at the back of Church.
As a result of the donations, we have been able to present £1,944 to the homeless charity Simon on the Streets, a wonderful local charity in West Yorkshire who do so much for those struggling with homelessness and addiction.
It really is is going to make a big difference to peoples’ lives. Thankyou!
A huge number of people joined us in Church for our Remembrance Sunday Parade Service, and the people of Guiseley turned out in force for the Act of Remembrance and wreath-laying ceremony at the Town Gate cross.
The Centre, on Church Street, is the result of a conversion of disused buildings behind the New Inn in Guiseley. MP Stuart Andrew cut the ribbon at the official ceremony on Sunday and declared it officially open, watched by many parishioners and friends of the Church.
Fr David Pickett commented that “This is a momentous day for our Parish. We have been in need of a Church Centre for many years and thanks to the commitment of our PCC we now have this fantastic facility. Brian Gill spotted the building last year and thanks to his vision we now have a modern Parish Centre which will be used for a whole range of functions.”
The Centre, which was once attached to the New Inn and housed a dance floor, has been completely renovated and fitted and with a kitchen, and now has two floors connected with a stair lift.
Father David Pickett hopes that the accessibility of the building and its central location in Guiseley will make a useful addition to the wider community.
Sunday’s Gospel reading was Matthew 5:1-12, the Sermon on the Mount, and we hope that this Centre will act as a force for good within our community, particularly for those on the margins of society.
In October 2017, eleven people were confirmed at St Oswald’s Church at our morning service. The service was led by Rt Revd Paul Slater, Bishop of Richmond, who told us he was happy to be back at St Oswald’s as he conducted his very first confirmation service here 2 years ago.
And a certain person particularly enjoyed the buffet afterwards…