Groups & Societies

The parish is proud to support groups and societies working to provide social and spiritual activities in the local area. These groups always welcome new members; just get in touch to find out when and where they meet.

Car Lift Rota – Brian Rowe/Philip Walsh
Children’s Liturgy – Christine Walker
Choir – Peter Sherlock
Coffee Mornings – (Sundays) Mollie Somerville
Flower Teams – Yvonne Coppin
Parish Council – Tony Hanney
Parish Hall Booking (St Cuthbert’s Hall) – Jimmy Breen
Parish Hall Booking (First Martyr’s Hall) – Christine Walker
Rainbows/Brownies & Guides – Lizzie Firth & Clare Bussingham
Repository Stall – Anne Balson & Margaret Kenny
Safeguarding – Sarah Chang
South Indian Community – Liju Parathottal
St Cuthbert’s Players – Tony Hanney (until Dec 2014)
Traidcraft – David & Mollie Somerville
SVP Philip – Walsh
UCM – Mary Gilmartin
Youth Council – Lizzie Firth

Children’s Liturgy

Children’s Liturgy is open to all children, especially Primary School age and is held in the Church Hall, each Sunday in term time, at the 10.30am Mass at First Martyr’s Church. Parents of pre-school age children are very welcome to bring their children to the Liturgy session.

The group is run by volunteers in the Parish on a rota basis and if you would like to join our group or would like to find out more information, please contact Christine Walker on 01274 492470 or 07855 654614. You will be very welcome!

St Vincent de Paul Society

We are known by many as “ The SVP”. The SVP was inaugurated in St. Cuthbert’s in 1927 and at a later date in First Martyrs’. We merged in 2006 when the two parishes became one and currently we have six members. Our work involves visiting. We may be visiting people who live alone and appreciate companionship. We might equally be visiting people who need help in solving a problem.

The help and support we try to give is available to anyone. We originally concerned ourselves within the parish boundary but, since some parishes closed or are without an SVP presence, we have supported people in other districts such as Thornton, Girlington, and Little Horton.

Our activities are varied and include car lifts; social visiting; financial help; provision of furniture, cookers and fridges and, when required, we have helped with form filling and simplifying the bureaucracy which touches all our lives today. We are able to offer a week’s camping holiday for boys and girls between the ages of 9-13 years. Please get in touch via the parish office if you want to find out more.

St. Cuthbert’s Players

We are a group of about 30 who rehearse and perform two shows each year in St.Cuthbert’s Unity Centre, Wilmer Road,Heaton. Originally members of St. Cuthbert’s parish, we are now are drawn from all over Bradford. Our age range is from 10 to 85.

We are a versatile group, always willing to take on a new challenge. Recently we have showcased 25 people on stage, and adapted well-known stories – which our audiences always seem to enjoy! The cast are no doubt learning lines as you read this but we will always eagerly welcome any help off-stage :e.g. doors, bar, cafe etc. Just get in touch with one of us at church or ring 01274 401461.

And if you would rather be an observer than a participant, keep an eye on the parish newsletter and calendar for ticket sales.

Church Choir

The church choir sings at Mass on the first Sunday of each month and at the Christmas and Easter services, providing beautiful accompaniment to the services. Rehearsals take place at 9.45 am prior to singing the mass on the first Sunday.

A setting of the mass and a motet for choir, are sung on each occasion and the choir is accompanied by organ and violins. Membership of the choir is open to all, and present and new members are always welcome!

Parish Justice and Peace Group

We started in April 2015 after a visit by John Battle, chair of the Leeds Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission. Realizing we couldn’t tackle every issue we decided to concentrate for the moment on involving outsiders through ‘Messy Church’, local poor people through the Food Bank collections and the wider world through measures to stop climate change and alter how we treat the environment, with the added impetus of the papal encyclical, Laudato Si.

We meet every 6 – 8 weeks and keep in touch by email. For more information, contact David Somerville on 01274493191, or email :