Harvest Festival – Sunday 30th October – A Message from Bradford North Foodbank

This year we are supporting Bradford North foodbank – can you help?

Please bring any of the following items to our service at 9.30am on Sunday 30th September.  Your donations will be passed on to the foodbank.

Bradford North Foodbank provides  emergency food parcels to people in crisis in the North Bradford / Shipley postcodes (BD2, BD9, BD10, BD17, BD18) plus the Rawdon, Yeadon or Guiseley postcodes (LS19 & LS20).

Since opening in Bradford, in early 2015, we have handed out over 4,200 food parcels feeding nearly 10,000 local people. The numbers of people in need are increasing for various reasons such as the ongoing economic austerity measures, which disproportionately affect the most
vulnerable in our society, and the introduction of Universal Credit in our area.

As ‘numbers fed’ increase so our food stocks decrease. Over the past year, we have had to purchase over £2,000 worth of food, because donations have been insufficient to supply our foodbank centres. We really need your help to build up our food and non-food stocks for the winter period.
Harvest Festival is a key time for us to receive donations for our emergency food parcels and last year churches, schools and businesses donated just over 7 tonnes of food – 23.4% of our annual donation total.

This contributed to the 1,698 food parcels we distributed during the 2017 – 2018 year, feeding 2,365 adults and 1,522 children. 39% of the people we feed are children.

Heritage Open Day 2108

St Oswald’s Church will be open as part of the 2018 Heritage Open Days Festival from 2-4pm on Sunday 16th September.  There will be teas, tours, displays and  activities for children.  Everyone is welcome and it’s all absolutely free!

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences.

The event on Sunday 16th September will include tours of the church and churchyard, displays, all run by church volunteers. Teas will be served during the afternoon

Church history will be brought to life with guided tours of the church, and local war heroes remembered with a display of the stories of WW1 veterans.  Stephen Barber, our WW1 history expert, author of Guiseley Terriers, A Small Part in a Great War, to be published later this month, will be on hand and, weather permitting, run tours of the WW1 War graves in St Oswald’s Churchyard.  David Pickett, Rector of Guiseley with Esholt says “It’s a really great way of bringing people into this local landmark and to give them a flavour of Guiseley’s past.  We love having visitors in Church and hope that this year is as popular as our previous Heritage Open Days”

Our Church, thought to be the oldest building in Guiseley, has been the location of countless life events – marriages, baptisms and burials.  The Church registers will be on display and visitors will be able to see a copy of the registers of the marriage of Patrick and Maria Bronte, parents of the Bronte sisters, who were married at St Oswald’s Church.

The Heritage Open Day runs from 2-4pm, entry is free, no need to book in advance.  There is an accessible entrance and disabled parking on Church Street in Guiseley.





World War 1 Memorial Window

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.

Opening of St Oswald’s Parish Centre

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.