Minster in need of new volunteers

View of Halifax Minster
View of Halifax Minster

One of Calderdale’s most visited buildings is looking for volunteers to help welcome people through its ancient doors.

Halifax Minster is one of the great jewels in the crown of Halifax and Calderdale – and this magnificent Benedictine 12th century Minster Church is kept open daily to visitors by a loyal band of Volunteers.

Now the historic place of worship is in urgent need of a new band of helpers to replace volunteers who have either moved away or have retired after years of service to the Minster and the wider community.

Vicar of Halifax, The Rev Canon Hilary Barber said: “People come from all over the world to visit Halifax and Yorkshire, and the Minster in particular.

“We have had positive feedback from Visit England especially for the level of welcome visitors receive by a great team of volunteers.And TripAdvisor has given the Minster a Certificate of Excellence in recent years.

“Now we are looking to add to that team and would love to hear from anyone who can spare some time to come and join us. They would find it a very rewarding job and also find a really friendly bunch of people here at the Minster.”

The welcomers are each on duty for a two-hour slot between 10am and 4pm each day and most people either volunteer for weekly or monthly duty.

Canon Barber added: “Sometimes the Minster can be very busy, with special services and events but there are also times when it is much quieter with casual visitors and the daily round of three services a day when the Minster clergy are in and out, and other staff are going about their daily work.”

Anyone who is interested, should contact Annabel Bolton in the Minster Office on 01422 355436 or by email at info@halifaxminster.org.uk