Welcome to the website of Ilkley Baptist Church

  • Whether you are a member of our congregation, a visitor to the area, or someone who is just curious about what happens in the Church, you are all equally welcome!

    We are a small but, we believe, a very welcoming and friendly Church sited in the historic town of Ilkley, West Yorkshire.

    We meet to worship every Sunday at 10.45am and most Sundays at 6-30pm, when we are joined by members of other denominations, as few churches in Ilkley have an evening service.  Communion is normally served at the second morning service of the month (and the fifth if there is one!) as well as on the fourth evening of the month.

    We also run a number of additional activities during the week. More information can be found in our Church Life section.

    The Church is fitted with an Induction loop system for those hard of hearing. We have wheelchair access via a ramp and we also have facilities for the less able.

    If you are in the area and looking for a place to worship, we would love to see you at our services or events.



    On Monday, 12th November, 2018, myself (David), and one of our Deacons, Eric Tomlinson, travelled down to the Isle of Wight to attend the funeral service for our oldest member, Margaret Bradbury, who has died at the age of 97.

    Margaret had lived in Ilkley before moving down to the Island, where she lived with her daughter, Gill, in a cottage in Brighstone.

    I was fortunate enough to meet Margaret in May, when I undertook my charity walk around the Coastal path.  I recall that she was "sharp as a tack", but was struggling with her mobility at that time.

    At her funeral service, at St Mary's in Brighstone, Gill reflected on her life, including work I did not know about for the British Intelligence Service.  Following the day after our Remembrance weekend it was a fitting reminder of the sometrimes dangerous work that women did in service of their country.  For Margaret in the WRAF and then the Intelligence Service, where she was stationed in Vienna.

    Eric and I were honoured to attend the funeral, and we met lots of Margaret's friends, many of whom had Ilkley connections themselves. She now stands in glory.......

    David Callander






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