Socks and Chocs is back!

We’re very pleased to announce that we are supporting The Bradford Soup Run again this Christmas by collecting socks and chocs for their annual Christmas Day appeal. If you want to help us then you can drop off blocks of chocolates, (new) socks, scarves, hats and gloves either in Refreshed or come along to our Family Service on Sunday 3rd December.

We're collecting socks and chocs for Bradford Soup Run's Christmas Day appeal

Winter Warmers

Our Winter Warmers pop-up cafe is back. It re-started on Wednesday 22nd November and will run through to March 2024. If you are struggling with rising costs, then do come along to our warm space for free hot drinks and a free hot meal. Everyone is welcome.

Winter Warmers at Bolton Villas Family Church, starts Wednesday 22nd November, 4.30 to 6.30pm, and runs through to March 2024.

Comedians and Carols

We are exicted to announce that the popular Comedians and Carols evening is coming to Bradford this November in its 15th year. Comedians and Carols is an evening of comedy, singalong carols, general joyous fun and professional hilarity. The show is a bizarrely popular festive hybrid of a comedy show and a carol service which combines the amazing talents of Paul Kerensa, with guest appearances from Jude Simpson, Tony Vino and Dominic Woodward. 

Comedians and Carols Evening Poster


Writer for BBC1’s Miranda and Not Going Out, Paul Kerensa is one of the few to have appeared at London’s Comedy Store and on Radio 2’s Pause For Thought. He’s written for TV shows such as TFI Friday, Top Gear, Royal Variety Performance and Buble at the BBC, and performed at festivals from Greenbelt to the Edinburgh Fringe via Montreal Comedy Festival. Books include Amazon top 100 bestseller Hark! The Biography of Christmas, children’s book Noah’s Car Park Ark, and his forthcoming novel Auntie and Uncles: The Bizarre Birth of the BBC.   

‘If I was a joke thief, I would be shinning up Paul Kerensa’s drainpipe.’ 

Milton Jones

‘A comic wave that just keeps coming … As effortless a writer as he is a performer.’

The Stage


Jude Simpson is a unique writer and entertainer, combining insightful observational comedy with poetry, rap and song to create a unique act which leaves audiences smiling, laughing and occasionally hungry. Her writing is lighthearted and upbeat, though with a linguistic craftsmanship which has had her compared to Victoria Wood and Joyce Grenfell. Jude appeared with Matt Harvey on his Radio 4 show “Wondermentalist Cabaret”, on BBC Radio 7′s “Stand Up Poetry”, BBC Radio 4′s “Saturday Live”, BBC Radio 2’s “Eddie Izzard’s Late Night Cabaret” and was one of just 8 poets from across the UK to appear on BBC3′s slam show “Slam Poets”, hosted by Lemn Sissay. Jude has completed four successful runs at the Edinburgh Festival with a solo show of stand-up poetry, song and comedy. These shows have been toured around the UK at arts festivals, theatres and other venues. In May 2006, Jude won the Swindon Festival of Literature Poetry Slam. In August 2004 Jude won the Edinburgh International Book Festival slam organised by Big Word. In October 2003, Jude won the UK Allcomers Slam at the Cheltenham Literature Festival – the biggest slam poetry competition in Europe. 

“Quick-fire humour, fast pace and punchy rhymes.”

Arts Hub 

“Rhythm, rhyme and the quirkiness of life.”

British Theatre Guide 

“A charismatic and skilful performer.”

The Stage


Since 2005 Tony Vino has brought his energetic sense of fun to the UK comedy circuit. Tony has been called upon to entertain at many high profile events for charities such as Christian Aid, Oxfam, Fairtrade Foundation and TearFund. He’s also been the tour support act for TV acts such as Jimmy Cricket and Tim Vine. He travels internationally performing at resorts and on cruises. He has performed for TV & Radio and was even called upon to be the warm up comedian for BBC’s Songs of Praise (a low point in his career). 

“A Great Show the assured Tony Vino copes with a mixed audience really well.”

Kate Copstick, The Scotsman

“Uplifting style, great delivery and consistently funny throughout.”

Sam Walker, BBC Manchester

“Tony is very funny, a class act and always comes up with the goods.”

Darren Goddard, Greenbelt Festival Events 


Dominic’s act is packed full of jokes, gags, banter, stories and a bit of daft comedy magic that involves the audience and always takes the roof off. He also beats the world record for speed balloon modelling every show – it’s hilarious and a must-see! With almost 20 years experience on the UK circuit he’s a safe pair of hands. He’s cheeky, charming, full of energy and hilarious. There’s a naughty twinkle in his eyes but his act is warm, personal and inoffensive.

“Insightful and humorous observations.” Guardian “Effortless delivery.”

The Times

“Engaging material.”

Manchester Evening News

Comedians and Carols takes place on Friday 24th November 2023, the doors open at 6.15pm and will offer a pie and pea supper from 6.30pm with the main show starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 and can be bought online from Eventbrite or scan the QR Code.

QR Code for Comedians and Carols event November 2023

We look forward to seeing you at the event. Please remember that although Bolton Villas Family Church does have a small car park, we are anticipating that it will fill up fairly quickly. We would ask you therefore to be considerate to our neighbours when parking your car in our local area.

The Death of HM Queen Elizabeth II

Pastor Ashley and the Elders of Bolton Villas Family Church wish to express our profound sadness at the news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Our church will be open in the coming days for members of our community to express their grief and sadness, further details of which will be made available when known.

Our Queen has gone to be with her Lord and Saviour.
She has reigned with integrity and honour.
Our condolences go out to her family the nation and the commonwealth.
Lord Jesus be with her family and the nation.
May she rest in peace and rise in glory.
In Jesus precious name.

Rest in Peace HM Queen Elizabeth II

Chat with the Pastor

Now that our charity shop and cafe, Refreshed are open, our Senior Pastor, Ashley is offering our community an opportunity to meet and chat with him. Ashley is offering sessions on the first Friday of each month and anyone wanting to chat with Ashley should email him to book a time. As the poster below says you can ask anything, chat in confidence about any circumstance. Questions about faith, prayer and God are all welcome.

Chat with the Pastor poster

Refreshed is open – well nearly!

Refreshed, our charity shop and cafe will be open next week with revised opening hours:

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday’s from 11am to 3pm.

Refreshed has always been a place where members of our community can come in for a cuppa, hot meal or simply to browse the shelves and clothes racks in our charity shop. Now that we’re (nearly) back open we are also here for so much more than that. Visitors will still be able to do all of those things, but we are also re-emphasising that we are a church whose primary focus is ‘to talk, walk and share Jesus, inviting others to meet Jesus and live the Jesus way‘.

We want to be a touch point, a place where people can come to find out more about our christian faith, prayer, worship, the church or God. As such there will be someone on hand during opening hours whether that is to talk, listen, pray or simply just be friendly.

We look forward to seeing you…

Hope and Love

Just before Easter we unveiled our newest banner, Hope and Love, which reminds us that our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ died and rose again to life so that we might be forgiven; so that we might be able to come into a closer relationship with God. For Christians, Easter is a time when we remember that Christ willingly gave up His life for us. It is a time of new life, of hope and of love.

Hope and Love banner

Hope and Joy

We’re now in one of the most important seasons of the Christian year, Advent, a time when we remember that God sent his Son to earth, born as a baby boy in a stable in Bethlehem. We celebrate Jesus’ birth, we celebrate the Saviour of the world coming to earth as an ordinary human baby.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace. Romans 15:13

As we gear up to celebrate Christmas in this most difficult and strangest of years, we pray that everyone will be filled with hope and joy. We pray that God will give you a peaceful, love-filled, joyous Christmas.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace. Romans 15:13.