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Founder’s Day Celebration 2017

The Mayor of Calderdale, Councillor Ferman Ali, and his wife graced the 2017 Founder’s Day Celebration held at Halifax Minster and led by the Archdeacon of Halifax, the Ven. Dr Anne Dawtry with the Halifax Minster Chamber Choir.

A view diagonally across the chancel of Halifax Minister showing the Heath Old Boys, the chamber choir and the Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale in the top right of the picture next to the Ven. Dr Anne Dawtry
2017 Founder’s Day Service

The service took the form of evensong with Grayham Smith and John Robertshaw undertaking the readings, while the collects were the Founder’s Collect and others that would be familiar to those who attended the school when W.R. Swale was Headmaster and the Chamber Choir conducted by Revd Dr Hilary Barber, apart from singing the service, contributed ‘The heavens are telling’ from Haydn’s Creation as the anthem.

The Mayor with the bust of Dr John Favour to his right From left to right, the Mayoress, the Mayor, Sammun Mumraz, Head Girl, and Matthew Shaw, Head Boy, with the bust of Dr John Favour to their right
The Mayor beside the bust of Dr John Favour and the Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale with Sammun Mumraz, Head Girl, and Matthew Shaw, Head Boy

At the end of the service, the congregation moved to the west end of the Minster, near the bust of Dr JOhn Favour, and Jim Farrell, Chair of HOBA, read out a translation of the Latin inscription in the outer wall of the School House to which it was moved from the original school building:

The land was bad and barren all, with thickets overgrown;
Not fit for crops of any kind, but rough with horrid stone.
Then people warm with piety and holy in their thought
This greatest of religious works into existence brought,
To make the land of greatest good and bless the people too.
And so a blessing on the land, not on the owners, grew.
Long live the Queen Elizabeth who granted us such grace,
And prosper Thou, O God, this work, that it may never cease,
But live in vigour through all time. So, Christ, with this intent,
We give ourselves, we give our means, unto Thine honour bent.

The commemoration ended with refreshments and much getting up to date.

A view from behind the refreshments table down the nave showing attenders partakig of the refreshments
Enjoying the refreshments

Thanks to Jim Farrell for organising the event and to Jon Hamer and colleagues for organising the refreshments.