Practical help

28 June 2013

THEY left their figures, and turned to brushes and dusters. Volunteers from Lloyds Bank, in Wakefield diocese, volunteered to help remove centuries of grime from Halifax Minster as part of the bank's volunteering scheme to help local communities. It was their "Day to make a difference", and they set to with enthusiasm for the formidable task of shifting some of the ingrained dirt from the monuments, as well as polishing woodwork.

The Vicar of the Minster, the Revd Hilary Barber, was delighted. "Both the Minster and the bank play a critical role across the town," she said, "and it's always a pleasure when we can work together, strengthening our ties and making Halifax and Calderdale the resilient place it has always been."

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