Thanks to our Brownies and Guides for their part in Harvest 2021

4th Shipley Guides had a great ACTIVITY SESSION on Saturday preparing for our Harvest Service at Northcliffe.

They baked BREAD PLAITS and created beautiful, DECORATED, WOODEN LOGS. Well done girls.

Guides Summer Update

Hello everyone, we hope you are all well and safe.

Guides have been busy, as too have the brownies and rangers who are now meeting again on Tuesday evenings. We are still zooming away and have 12 girls who join us online each week. Our summer term has seen us take part in the North East England’s 50th birthday challenge badge.

We chose the following challenges:

North Yorkshire N.E.

  • invite a vet to speak to the group – this relates to  james Herriot who lived in Thirsk and the Yorkshire vet, Peter Wright, who has his practice in Thirsk.
  • make a pom-pom sheep; did you know that the there are  600,000 sheep in the Yorkshire Dales?
  • do 199 of something. (This challenge relates to the number of steps at Whitby Abbey.)

East Yorkshire

  • make a windmill  (Skidby has a grade 2 listed windmill)
  • make a lobster –  Bridlington is the largest lobster-fishing port in the UKand Europe
  • make a bird-feeder – Bempton Cliffs is famous for its sea-birds and puffins breed here

North Yorkshire West

  • have a spa night  – Harrogate is a spa town
  • make some fat rascal scones –  Taylor’s of Harrogate own  Yorkshire tea and Betty’s Tea room (famous for its fat rascal scones)
  • complete a blindfold trail – john  Metcalfe (‘Blind Jack’) was born in Knaresborough  in 1717 and was blind from the age of 6. He built about 180 miles of turnpike roads with stones and rocks to overcome bogs

North Yorkshire South

  • make a viking longboat – York and Yorvik
  • complete a brewing experiment – relates to Tadcaster breweries
  • make some chocolate truffles – York is famous for chocolate and the home of Rowntree and Terry’s of York

West Yorkshire North

  • learn some magic – Dynamo the magician is from Bradford
  • hold a crisp night – Seabrook crisps founded in 1945 by Charles Brook in Allerton

make some biscuits – Fox’s biscuits founded by the Fox family who lived in a terraced house in Batley Here is the badge we have been working for

We made biscuits for the biscuit challenge too.

We look forward to finishing our summer term with a day at our camp at Wynches, playing games and making a Viking longboat, carrying it to the campfire to burn, like proper Vikings.

We are also looking at converting the side garden on the Birklands side into a community garden with raised beds to plant fruit and veg in, plus a quiet space if you want to read a book or have some quiet time alone. We will let you know how we get on.

We hope to see you all soon and share our lockdown exploits with you while providing some home-made biscuits to go with tea and coffee. Take care until then.

4th Shipley guides

Guides get busy for wildlife

It was great to see the Guides and Brownies gathering together outside church on Saturday morning to head over to Northcliffe woods. The Brownies had a challenge sheet, encouraging them to find interesting things.  The Guides were easy to spot with their (moulting) feather boas.

Adele, the Guide leader, shared the work that the Guides did. They built 2 habitat piles for insects to live in and also for plants and vegetation to grow back on paths which shouldn’t be there but have been made since lockdown. The girls had loads of fun even in the rain and they saw lots of birds and 2 deer!

Easter Cross

Our  simple, bare, wooden cross has been transformed  as church members and passers-by were invited to add a flower to the cross.

A rota of helpers made it a great day, with lots of little chats with passers-by and some sunshine too!

With the church doors open wide, several people also stopped to admire the peace cranes origami sculpture on display in the vestibule.

Symbols of Peace

100 origami cranes in rainbow colours have been installed in the church vestibule for passers-by to admire. They are a symbol of peace and love. We congratulate Charlotte Dolby for her skill in making these and are grateful to her allowing us to display them at Northcliffe .


Christmas ThY_Northcliffe LEP

Our food donations (12kg) to the Bradford North Foodbank 2020 Christmas Hamper Project made a BIG difference to local families.

In 2020 the Foodbank handed out 190 hampers (110 with food parcels) to families and 53 hampers (20 with food parcels) to adult-only households.



Four Rainbow Letters in front of Northcliffe church spell out the word HOPE. We want to bring encouragement to people as they walk or drive by the church. The letters will soon be accompanied by  our Advent  Banner,  another symbol  of  Hope  to  come.

Fun and Games

The Guides managed to get away to camp staying in small groups and enjoying the space to distance safely. They built a bridge, played frisbee netball, drank hot chocolate and made chocolate oranges. Well done guides.

When they are not venturing out, the Guide leaders make sure they maintain contact with guides and brownies in their weekly zoom sessions.


We are grateful to our Guides who have set up our Poppy Field at the front of Northcliffe church. Members of the church and .community are invited to place a poppy in the grass as we approach Remembrance Sunday.We remember those in conflicts around the world  and the consequences  of war  for  all who are affected  by  it in whatever way.

Open for Virtual Worship – suspended at present

Update following latest national restrictions : We are suspending Virtual Worship until we public worship is allowed once more. In the meantime we will continue to send out links to the livestream services for people to watch at home.

Starting on Sunday 11th October we are opening the church for a service beginning at 10.30 a.m. The service will be screened and we will be using the You Tube material sent out by the Circuit each week. We have been following materials in the Jesus Shaped People series. By screening the virtual service at Northcliffe we hope it will provide an opportunity to come together, even if not in the ways we were used to ‘pre-lockdown’. It will enable those without the technology at home to share in the service and hear the hymns, readings, prayers and sermon. It will provide a visual focus too. Though chairs will be spaced out and no singing is allowed, it seems good to open our doors once more and welcome people in.