Project 200+

St James Hall opened in 1820 and became the home of the town’s first school which charged students 10 pennies a week to attend! The hall has continued to serve our community for the last 200 years through social functions, luncheon clubs for the elderly, amateur operatic and dramatic society productions, pantomimes and, in the 1950s and 60s, accommodating classes from Aire View Primary School.

Watch this video about the Church Hall

Today it is still well used by around 500 people a week from local community groups including

  • 1st Silsden Guides, Brownies and Rainbows
  • 1st Steeton Guides
  • 1st Silsden Scouts, Cubs and Beavers
  • Mothers’ Union
  • Pied Piper Pre-School
  • Charity Coffee Mornings and Evenings
  • Churches Together in Silsden
  • Silsden Grand de Party events/meetings
  • Church Social Events
  • Knit Stitch and Natter Group
  • Choir Rehearsals
  • Community Events

….and of course it was the Command Centre for the Great Gas Debacle in March 2018

We need to raise £350,000

Bifold doors were installed in the hall in Summer 2019, along with exterior works that included ramped access to the main entrance.

We hope to complete the works in 2020/21

Help us to continue to serve our community by making a donation or gift of any size through

or by cheques made payable to Silsden Parish Church Hall Account marked Project 200+

Project 200+ Fundraising

As at January 2022
All Churches Trust£4,000Bi-fold doors, disabled access
Beatrice Laing Trust£5,000Bi-fold doors, disabled access
Bradford Community Fund£250Bi-fold doors, disabled access
Silsden Aid in Sickness£5,000Bi-fold doors, disabled access
The Bernard Sunley Foundation £15,000A new church toilet
Sir George Martin Trust£3,000New boilers and disabled access
Craven Trust£1,000New boilers
Co-op Local Community Fund£730New boilers
Harry Beverly Tillotson Trust£5,000New boilers
All Churches Trust£6,000Planned works 2022/23
Repairs to slate roof and rainwater fittings·
- Roof insulation,
- New suspended ceiling
- Double glazed windows
National Lottery Community Fund£96,725New floor, new entrance, New hall toilets
Gifts and Donations£38,206