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Open Days

The Churches Conservation Trust is currently reviewing its 357 sites according to the Covid-19 secure measures introduced last year.

With the government still keeping June 21st as the date for the removal of restrictions, a provisional list of Open Days for 2021 has been agreed – see below. However we are aware that this may change at short notice if further local or national restrictions are introduced.

Saturday June 26th 12 noon - 4.00pm
Sunday July 25th 12 noon - 4.00pm
Sunday August 22nd 12 noon - 4.00pm
Saturday & Sunday September 18th & 19th (Heritage Open Days) 12 noon – 4.00pm

Please note that visitors will be required to wear face coverings where possible; social distancing, reduced displays and a one-way system will be in place; no refreshments will be available and there will be a limit for the number of people in the building, so you may be asked to wait outside.

Contact details :
Local keyholder : 01302 884216
Churches Conservation Trust : Northern Region : 01132 441 689

Please check for updates on this website or our Facebook page (Friends of St. Oswald’s Church).

 

Covid-19 Centenary Walk

During 2019 The Friends wanted to mark the centenary of Pilkington Brothers involvement with the small rural village of Kirk Sandall when they made their decision to build their new factory here. It is still possible to walk from St. Oswald's Church through the Pilkington Garden Village and although the community is very different in size and character now there are buildings and evidence of the way it used to be.

This small pamphlet was produced for people to purchase to accompany their walk. As the church has been closed because of the Covid-19 restrictions we have decided to make it available via this website.

Download a copy of the Kirk Sandall Centenary Walk pamplet and enjoy a walk through the beautiful village and coutryside of Kirk Sandall.

 
 

Volunteers Required

The Friends of St. Oswald's Church depend on volunteers to staff the Open Days, welcome visitors and help keep the church clean. If you could spare a couple of hours a month during the period May to September we would welcome your involvement.

Please use the enquiry form to send us your contact details and we will get back to you

 

In 1919 the Pilkington Glass Company acquired land in Kirk Sandall and built a glass factory. To house its workers the Pilkington family built the garden village of Kirk Sandall and including many amenities such as the bowling and cricket clubs.

2019 will be the 100th anniversary of Pilkington's arrival into the community and we would welcome ideas from young and old how the church might celebrate this anniversary.

 
 

Please use the enquiry form to send us your contact details and we will get back to you.

By the 1960s the old village of Kirk Sandall had virtually disappeared and the church was isolated from the new village. A new church and church hall were built and St Oswald's church was redundant. In 1980 it was taken over by The Redundant Churches Fund, which is now known as The Churches Conservation Trust. It cares for and maintains the church so that this priceless gem can be preserved for future generations to enjoy.

It is the aim of the Friends of St Oswald's to open the church for public use at weekends in spring and summer. Why not join the friends to help us to do this and more.

 

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