HUDDERSFIELD Parish Church as a tourist attraction?
The purists can, and will, blanch but there is a lot of sense in the proposal.
Pessimists will say this has been forced on the church by weakness, a lack of sufficient people attending and supporting the church with their contributions. It is probably equally valid to look on this as the church reaching out to the public.
Certainly in a town that is increasingly multi-cultural, not to say unresponsive to religion, the church building still has a lot to offer.
Historically it is the number one building in town to explain who we were and how we were over the ages - its near 1,000 years of history makes the 19th century Town Hall seem a baby by comparison.
Perhaps its nearest challenger is not a building at all but a hill, Castle Hill.
For here there is a connection almost to the Conquest, with the Norman lord Walter de Laci building the first church in 1100.
The current church is the third building on the site and it is an odd thought that for most of the time that a church has stood here Huddersfield was the small place outside Almondbury and not the other way around.
Today's church still bears traces if not of its Norman predecessor, at least of its Tudor one.
Open seven days a week, its soft sell might win more converts to gladden the heart of the Vicar of Huddersfield, the Rev Catherine Ogle.
TODAY marks the 25th anniversary of Margaret Thatcher becoming Britain's first woman prime minister.
And like her or loathe her (her abrasive style of politics left very few people undecided) you cannot ignore her imprint on British politics.
She was premier throughout the Eighties, a tremendous political achievement. She slapped down the unions, London County Council and anyone else who dared to disagree.
Without her would we have a Labour adminstration in power pursuing monetarist policies? We doubt it.
Her admirers are giving Baroness Thatcher a slap-up dinner at the Savoy Hotel. Current Tory leader Michael Howard describes her as "the greatest British prime minister since Winston Churchill".
On the other side of the coin, she could be truly divisive, in the Tory party itself as much as the nation at large - look at Edward Heath, Harold Macmillan and especially the remarkable turn of the once quietly ineffectual Sir Geoffrey Howe.