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Interim Priest in Charge of St Andrew’s Kildwick and Interim Priest in Charge of St John’s Cononley with St Mary’s Bradley

The announcement of the Revd Julie Bacon as Interim Priest in Charge of St Andrew’s Kildwick and Interim Priest in Charge of St John’s Cononley with St Mary’s Bradley.

Andy Jolley, the Archdeacon of Bradford, is delighted that this announcement can now be made. He says “It was a privilege to be part of the meeting that Julie had with the representatives of the three churches last week. Julie is an exceptional priest with fantastic experience before and after her ordination which will be a great asset as she takes up this new interim role working in these two parishes and with these three churches. The interim role is for a period of three years and, in addition to covering familiar parish priest duties, will involve taking on the challenges identified in the profiles produced by the two parishes and myself. The main aim is to establish a new shared vision and put in place structures and relationships which will support the future flourishing of the church in these two parishes.”

Julie says,

“I am really excited to have been appointed to serve these two parishes as they prepare to enter into a new relationship with each other, and to seek God’s vision for the future in Kildwick, Cononley and Bradley. I’m looking forward to getting to know people in all three churches and villages, and finding out what God has in store for us over the next three years. I moved to Ilkley in 2000 with my husband, Matt, and children, Jack and Kate, and then to Shipley in 2014 when I became curate at St Peter’s Shipley, and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to explore and get to know the most northerly part of the Bradford Episcopal Area.”

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An Interim Minister? – a note from the Archdeacon of Bradford

Over the past few years, the Church of England has been starting to make greater use of the new provision to appoint Interim Ministers to parishes. These are fixed term appointments for a maximum of three years (although they can be renewed once to make a maximum of six years). Interim posts are primarily about helping parishes to […]

Church Clock: Thanks And Update

clockA short note to express our thanks for the very kind donations we have received towards the cost of the clock repairs, and also to update everyone about where we are with the repairs, and when we can expect them to take place.

When the clock had its annual inspection in May serious defects were found. Parts of the clock barrel were loose, and the thread of the screws holding it were stripped, and therefore ineffective. Because this part is integral to the winding system, this could fail and damage the clock, and, more seriously, the person winding the clock. So the engineer made it safe by letting the weights run down and, clearly, left instructions that it remain so until such time as repairs had been undertaken. The total cost of the repairs will be £894.00.

Once this became known, many individuals, the Kildwick Parish Meeting and the Farnhill Parish Council have all kindly made donations towards the cost. We are delighted that the sum raised through these gifts amounts to £795.00. We would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to you all and are immensely grateful for your generosity.

St. Andrew’s clock is broken

Those of you who live near the church building will have noticed that our ancient (1709) clock is not chiming at the moment. This is because, at the annual service, the engineer identified a damaged click pawl and barrel assembly which requires removal of the barrel assembly and repair at the company’s workshops. As you can imagine this will not be cheap. The PCC are looking for ways to pay for the repair so keep a look out for the opportunities we’ll be giving you to help repair this important and much appreciated part of community life 🙂

Dates for your diary in November & December

Travelling Cribs for Advent. We will again be sending two travelling cribs on a journey round the parish from Advent Sunday (29th November) to Christmas Eve. Everyone is invited to host Mary & Joseph for a night; please sign one of the rota lists or contact Robin, 633307.

St Andrew’s Fair, 10.30am – 1.30pm NEXT Saturday 28th November. Please collect items for the various stalls – raffle, tombola, books, toys, bric-a-brac, etc. Items can be left in the church porch during the week or collection can be arranged. Please sign the lists to show how you can help. For more details please contact Lesley Hudson, 523291 or or Katharine Calvert,

Advent Carol Service by Candlelight, 6.00pm NEXT Sunday 29th November. Book this special service in your diary and bring a friend.

Patronal Festival Eucharist with Baptism, Confirmation & Affirmation of Baptismal Vows, 7.30pm Monday 30th November. Bishop Toby, Bishop of Bradford, will be officiating at this service. Please pray for the candidates: Alison Roland (to be baptised & confirmed), Adam Lee (to be confirmed), Shirley Hoskins and Janine Pickard (to affirm their baptismal faith)

Christmas Carol Service by Candlelight, 4.00pm Sunday 20th December. Please note the time for this service. Book this special service in your diary and bring your friends and family. Children are invited to come dressed as angels, shepherd, wise men or nativity animals. The service will last one hour and will take place in the church.

Church Christmas Cards & Notelets now on sale. Various prices. Sold in aid of church funds.

Editor of The Bridge parish magazine. Lesley Hudson is looking to step down as the editor of our monthly magazine. If you are interested in becoming the new editor please speak with Lesley, 523291 or

New nave altar platform. We are hoping to replace the existing platform with a new solid hardwood platform. Exact details (shape, size, etc) need to be carefully considered; if you would like to be part of a small working group to do this please speak with Robin or Lesley Hudson.

Repair of the church porch roof. The PCC has applied for a faculty for the repair of the porch roof using terne-coated stainless steel. The DAC has recommended the application for approval. The 28-day public consultation period has now ended and the paperwork has been submitted to the Chancellor for consideration.

Pattern of Services – Winter Routine. The Sunday 8.15am Eucharist is now taking place in the Parish Rooms. The Sunday 10am Eucharist, Patronal Festival Eucharist, Advent Carol Service and Christmas Carol Service and other special Christmas services will take place in the church.


Pilgrim – An exciting new course

Pilgrim_food4thoughtI would like to invite you to come along on Wednesday 8th July to the Parish Rooms to find out about an exciting new course that we are introducing in the parish.  Pilgrim is a course for those who would like to find out more about the Christian faith; it explores the message of the Christian faith in a way that is reflective and conversational.

On Wednesday 8th July at 2.00pm and at 7.30pm we will tell you about the course and give you a taster of some of the course material.  It will be a relaxing and informal hour with lots of time for questions about the course.  We will then begin to use the course in September.

Please let me know if you are able to come to one of the meetings; this will help us with the practical arrangements.

I do hope you will want to find out more and will join us on 8th July.  If you are not able to join us on 8th July but are interested in joining one of the groups following the course in September please let me know.

If you have any questions about the Pilgrim course or the meetings themselves please do contact me.  There is a Pilgrim course website which you can find here.

Peace and blessings,