Huddersfield Area background

Huddersfield Parish Church

Key Towns/Cities
Huddersfield, Halifax and Dewsbury

Civic boundaries and population
602,000 people, covering Calderdale and Kirklees Local Authority Areas (405,000 in Kirklees / 197,000 in Calderdale ).  The area is a mix of part rural, part post industrial (former weaving towns) and  part urban area. The larger towns are multicultural with . In Kirklees 14.8% of the population are of Asian origin and in Calderdale around 6%.

Famous for...

  • Ancient minster churches at Dewsbury and Halifax
  • Paulinus who first preached in Dewsbury  in 627 AD
  • Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band
  • Huddersfield Choral Society
  • Huddersfield University (came top of the league tables for student satisfaction in 2012)
  • Denby Dale pies (first baked in 1788)
  • Eureka! world famous children’s museum
  • Piece Hall, Halifax (about to undergo a multi million pound regeneration scheme)
  • Festivals of all sorts including Christmas Tree Festivals and Scarecrow Festivals

Benefices, parishes and clergy
79 benefices, 108 parishes, 73 stipendiary clergy and 118 licensed clergy in total

Recent developments

  • Interfaith work including work with asylum seekers (St Augustine’s Halifax), Huddersfield Sanctuary Town Project
  • Regeneration which has involved the reordering of a number of churches looking towards greater engagement at the heart of their communities including Dewsbury Minster, St Cuthbert’s Birkby and Kirkheaton Parish Church
  • Social action including foodbanks initiated by Churches Together in Halifax, Todmorden and elsewhere
  • Reorganising ministry  to better serve the local area with many clergy and Readers now working in local teams or clusters
  • Fresh Expressions of church including the appointment of a pioneer ministry curate at Kirkheaton and  Grange Moor, Praise Party at Luddenden, Rock Mass at Sowerby

Our new Episcopal Area
"We hope that the new Diocese will bring about a new energy for the work of God across the region and enable resources to be more focussed for mission in each area.In particular we are looking forward to :

  • Having an Area Bishop living amongst us;
  • Being a Pioneer Diocese with an opportunity to look afresh at how we organise support for mission;
  • Being able to share good practice and ideas across a larger Diocese;
  • Having a closer link to the local authorities, local councillors and local MPs."




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