Thursday, 27 October 2011

Jams, Chutneys and Brownies-Christmas Fair Prep!

As we are constantly reminded it is beginning to get towards that time of year again, and with it being only 60 something days until Christmas, preparations for our Christmas Fair have begun in earnest.
 Since the end of the summer we have been asking local people if they had any surplus fruit they would like to donate to us. The idea behind this was to make it into jams, jellies and chutneys to sell at our Christmas Fair. We have been inundated with (literally) buckets of apples from people's gardens and our harvest festival and these kind donations have been made into a multitude of different apple based jams and chutneys. We are still looking for more fruit donations, so if you have the ends of your fruit tree crop hanging around that you are not sure what to do with, drop them off at Haworth Church and we will turn them into delicious treats for our fair. However, if you require some inspiration about what to do with your left over apples yourselves, then here is the recipe for an Apple Chutney that we have been making. This chutney is very simple (although it does make your house smell of vinegar) and goes well with cheese, meats and roast pork.

Apple Chutney-

2lbs Apples (chopped)
3/4 lb Sugar
2 Small Onions (chopped)
1/2 teaspoon Salt
3/4 to 1 pint Vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Ground Ginger
1/2 lb Sultanas or Raisins
Pinch of Mixed Spice
6 Chillies

Cover the chillies with cold water and soak overnight. Put all the other ingredients into a saucepan with half the vinegar.
Allow to come to the boil. Gradually add the remainder of the vinegar and boil up for about 1/2 an hour.
Then add the chilli water and boil, stirring until the chutney is thick.
Pour into pots.
Makes about 4-5lbs.

If you would like to make us a donation of fruit, jars or sugar then please feel free to drop them into church any Sunday morning. The church is also open during the week, so you could also drop them off then and send an email to to let us know to pick them up. For those not living in Haworth, Haworth Church address is
St Michael and All Angels church
Church St
BD22 8DR

Away from preserves, we are also looking for Chocolate Brownie Recipes. We will be having a cake stall at our Christmas Fair and we are looking for the best chocolate brownie to sell at the fair. If you have a recipe that you think makes the BEST brownie then please email it to us and we will test them out, the winner will get to be the one on sale at the fair!

Speaking of cakes, a very exciting new fundraising event has been added to our calendar this year. Info below:

28th November – 7pm-9pm – The Old School Rooms

Christmas Stollen Masterclass with award winning local baker

Winner of the 2011 Sainsbury’s big bake off Mike Armstrong will be giving a Christmas stollen Masterclass on the 28th November 2011. Tickets are £10 including all ingredients and refreshments. Come along to learn how to make this very traditional Christmas treat and have one to take home. For more information or to book your place email
Tickets are limited and it is first come first served so book early!

For more information about Haworth Church then please check out our website

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Haworth Church Update-Leaflets, Calendars and Christmas

Hello and welcome to Haworth Church blog. Although things on the blog have been quiet for a while, things have very definitely not been quiet within Haworth Church! Our Priest in charge, the Revd Peter Mayo Smith is very pleased with the progress we have made:

."If you look around the church you’ll notice that a number of things have happened. The most obvious are the “pull ups” which explain key features of the church. If you haven’t had the opportunity to look at them please do. The second, and perhaps less obvious, are two new leaflets. The first, which will be appearing all over Haworth, is a leaflet giving information about the church ~ this is coloured blue. The second leaflet, in green, provides a walk through the church and will be sold to help raise funds for the restoration. These items are already having an impact on our visitors. The other Sunday I noticed that visitors were taking time to read the pull ups and look at the church in more detail. "

Away from the immediate church building you will also see that the Haworth community have come out in order to help safe-guard the church. The 'Haworth Couldnt Wear Less' is a calendar produced for the Restoration fund and the Old School Room and is proving to be generating quite a bit of interest. Peter Mayo Smith expresses his gratitude to the group in the soon to be released November church magazine:

"The community of Haworth also feel so strongly about the need for the church; many of you will know of the two calendars whose proceeds are going towards the restoration of the building. (Something the PCC and I are very grateful for.) The community wants the church not just because it is a draw for tourists; but far more importantly because they know it is there for them in good and bad times. It is place they can turn to in joy and sadness. It is their church."

If you would like to find out more about the Haworth Calendar then you can visit their website or you can read the story behind it, in their own words, on our website here .

Haworth Church has also been working very hard towards the formation of a group called the 'Friends of Haworth Church' A group that will hopefully work to safeguard the church's future by volunteering in the church, fundraising and event organising amongst other things. If you feel you would like to get more involved in Haworth Church then the first meeting is going to be held on Wednesday 2nd November at 7pm in the Old School Room Haworth (more information on our website ) Anybody is welcome, regardless of whether you are a church goer, so if you would like to be involved or to hear more about what we are hoping to do then come along.

We are now into the beginnings of the Christmas season (earlier every year) and a number of special events and services will be happening at Haworth Church throughout November and December, below is a programme of what is currently planned to happen:

Services for November and December

Sunday 6th November
9:30am Holy Communion at Stanbury
10:45am Holy Communion at Haworth
4:00pm Light a Candle Service (please note the time)

Sunday 13th November
8:30am Holy Communion at Haworth
10:45am Remembrance Service at Haworth (no Stanbury service)
12:00pm An Act of Remembrance at the Cenotaph

Sunday 20th November
8:30am Holy Communion at Haworth
9:30am Morning Prayer at Stanbury
10:45am family Worship at Haworth

Sunday 27th November
10:45am Baptism and Confirmation, lead by Bishop Nick, at Haworth (note no service at Stanbury)

December Services
Sunday 4th December
8:30am Holy Communion at Haworth
9:30am Morning Prayer at Stanbury
10:45am Toy Service at Haworth

Sunday 11th December
9:30am Holy Communion at Stanbury
10:45am Holy Communion at Haworth
6:00pm Carols by Candlelight

Sunday 18th December
8:30am Holy Communion
9:30am Morning Prayer at Stanbury
10:45am Christingle at Haworth
7:00pm Community Carols by Candlelight

Christmas Eve
12:00pm The Nativity Pilgrimage in Main Street
5:00pm Carols Around the Crib in Stanbury
11:30pm Christmas Eve Communion at Haworth

Christmas Day
9:30am Christmas Communion in Stanbury
10:45am Christmas Communion in Haworth

New Years Day
10:30am Joint service at West Lane Baptists

There will not be a service at Stanbury or Haworth

Please note that the Haworth Church will be closed after the Christmas Day Communion until the 28th December. It will then close on New Year’s Eve until the 3rd January 2012.

There will also be a talk being given by local historian Ian Dewhirst on the 2nd December (more details to follow) and Haworth Church will be holding it's Christmas Fair on the 10th December, both of these events will be to raise money for the Restoration Fund.

We would like to extend a massive 'Thank You!' to everybody who has been working so hard for us both in our church, in the community and beyond. We really appreciate the effort that everybody has put in.