Kirkheaton Parish Church has been reverberating for months now to the sound of local craftsmen carrying on a tradition that goes back centuries. Rector, Richard Steel says that the church now has a properly waterproof roof (with window lights in the North aisle), new floor (which is being fitted out with a mix of wood flooring and carpeting ), a new heating system, a kitchen, store room and – for the first time in its history – toilets! Glass screens are being prepared for the Beaumont Chapel and work will be soon starting on the Parish Office, in what was formerly the Vestry.
A lot of the other work cannot easily be seen and has involved some special processes because of the historic nature of the building – new plastering and special paint.
Things are on schedule for it to be ready in December in time for all the special Christmas events. There will be an official re-opening service with the Bishop of Wakefield on the 15th December at 10.30 am. Also there will be a Christmas Tree Festival, which will be on over that weekend. Everyone is invited.
There are plans for some exciting events in the newly created flexible space.The church will be open every morning, and at least some afternoons, for people to drop in for a coffee, explore the history, or simply to come and be quiet.
To complement the quality of the building works the church is having bespoke oak chairs, made by a Yorkshire firm. These can be ‘sponsored’ in memory of someone special, or perhaps an alternative Christmas gift for yourself? If you are interested please contact the Parish Office (531449) for details or click here