Haworth Parish Church launched the latest exhibition of the Yorkshire ‘Speak Their Name Memorial Quilt’ on Wednesday evening.
The four gigantic panels on which every square is created by somebody who has lost a loved one to suicide, was launched on Wednesday evening when many representatives of the Worth Valley community, including the Member of Parliament for Keighley and Ilkley, Robbie Moore were among the invited guests.
Haworth Church is the latest venue for the exhibition as it tours Yorkshire. It has previously been seen at York, Beverley and Hull Minsters as well as Bradford, Ripon, and Wakefield Cathedrals, and once it leaves Haworth it is due to be seen at Leeds Rhinos Rugby League Club, Yarndale in Skipton, and Leeds Teaching Hospitals.
One of the Directors of the group is Haworth-based Anna Scott and she said: “We’re delighted to have the exhibition in Haworth Church.
“The Quilt project started last year, and we’ve been exhibiting them since October 2022. It’s an on-going project for us as we’re now collecting squares to put on our next panel.
“We were fortunate to secure funding for the project from the National Lottery and, as well as exhibiting the Quilt, we’re staging workshops all across Yorkshire.”
The four existing panels are now hanging in Haworth Church and will be there for most of August.
Rev. Oli Preston, the Rector at Haworth Church, said: “Suicide affects so many people and we’re really pleased to have ‘Speaking Their Name Memorial Quilt Yorkshire’ exhibition in our Church.
“As part of the exhibition stay in Haworth, we’ll be holding regular ‘Tea and Chat’ sessions and details of when they are to be held can be found by visiting our web site .
“We shall also be holding a special evening to view the panels and consider suicide prevention on Sunday, August 13th from 7.00pm until 8.30pm. Part of the evening will include a memorial service for anyone who has been bereaved, impacted, touched, or affected by suicide. It will bring people together and give them time to reflect.”
Haworth Church is open every day from 10.00am until 4.00pm and admission to the exhibition is free.