The Society was formed in 1930 and brings together anyone who cares about this historic building.  The Friends assist the Parochial Church Council financially in caring for and maintaining the fabric of the building.  Funds are raised by donations, fundraising events and also from legacies.  Those who wish to remember the Friends in their Will can be assured that all their donations will be put towards the refurbishment of the fabric of this historic building.

News 2016

Friends AGM

The Friends AGM will be held on Sunday 2nd October following the 10.30 Sung Eucharist, everyone welcome.

Afternoon Tea at the Minster

The Friends held an afternoon tea in the Minster on Sunday 25th October from 2-4pm, followed by evensong. Many people from the Friends and the wider Minster community attended and we formed a congregation of more than 50 at evensong!

Nave Floor Project

The Friends Project for 2016 has been to make a major financial contribution towards the repair to the Nave floor and the re-modelling for wider participation of the Minster by the Town and Borough. This will improve the space for worship as well as culture, education and civic engagement.

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The Friends annual lecture for 2016 will be on Sunday 15th May at 2.30pm.  Professor David Baker will demonstrate both organs in the Minster in this 650th anniversary year of the original Snetzler Organ arriving in the Minster in 1766, now re-built by Harrison and Harrison of Durham. Last year the Minster was given a new Snetzler Organ dated 1770, both organs will be demonstrated. The lecture will be followed by refreshments and Choral Evensong at 4pm.

Annual Trip 2016

This years annual trip was held on Wednesday 8th June to Lancaster Priory. An enjoyable day was had by all!

 

News 2015

Coffee Mornings – from May to September 2015

The Friends are holding monthly coffee mornings with cake, coffee and a different speaker each time. These re-started on Friday 1st May. The next gathering will be on the first Friday of subsequent months – 5th June, 3rd July, 7th August & 4th September.

Annual Trip 2015

This will take place on Thursday 25th June and the day includes visits to Doncaster Minster and Rotherham Minster. The coach leaves Halifax Minster at 9.30am. To book your place please sign the list in the Minster or contact the Minster Office 01422 355436. The price is £17.00 per person. You do not need to be a member of our congregation to enjoy this visit, but seats are limited.

News 2014

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In the past year the Friends have paid for the new free standing collection box and also for the refurbishment of the Song Room floor.


In the last few years we have hosted an Annual Lecture and also a coach trip to visit other Minsters in the North of England, and of course had our annual AGM.

In May 2014 we held the Annual Lecture. This was given by Angela Clare who is Project Officer at Bankfield Museum. Her talk was entitled “For King and Country: experiences from the region during the First World War”. It was a fascinating talk with many pictures and quite a large appreciative audience. look out for the next Lecture due to run in Spring 2015.

In June 2014 our annual visit was to Selby Abbey and then on to Holy Trinity Church, Hull.

Holy Trinity is the largest parish church in England. It is easy to find as it is about 5 minutes from the Marina and Prince’s Quay
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It has some beautiful windows, an octagonal font and fixed pews with some very amusing carvings on them. On our visit we saw “Follow the Herring”, an exhibition about the Herring Girls who travelled the east coast following the fishing boats in order to process their catch es.

On Sunday 5th October 2014 at 10.30am, all Friends are invited to attend the morning Eucharist. The preacher will be Canon Simon Cowling, Vicar of Bolton Abbey. This service will be followed by the Annual General Meeting and Faith Lunch. Please bring along some food to share if you are attending the AGM.

Become a Friend of Halifax Minster

If you would like to become a Friend of the Minster, you can collect a leaflet and form from the Minster or contact the Minster Office on 01422 355436 for further details.