GATEWAY PARISHES’ Newsletter
FEBRUARY - MARCH 2017
Your Gateway to the churches of
Patrick Brompton, Crakehall, Hornby, Spennithorne, Finghall & Hauxwell
Ministers with permission to officiate
Revd. Laura Wilford, 5 Cookson Way, Brough St Giles
01748 830017 firstname.lastname@example.org
Revd. Lisle Ryder 01677 450180
Joyce Blundell 01748 812668
Tony Gibson 01748 830017
Simon Stretton-Downes 01677 423260
Crakehall St Gregory’s Pauline Irwin 01677 426021
Finghall St Andrew’s Colin Thorpe 01969 622471
Rita Terry 01969 624149
Hauxwell St Oswald’s Rosi Keatinge 01969 623416
Hornby St Mary’s John Morris 01677 422004
Patrick Brompton St Patrick’s Alistair Clark 01677 450414
Spennithorne St Michael’s Digby Angus 01969 623130
George Molyneaux 01969 623 247
Please do not hesitate to contact any of the above for further information
From Reverend Laura
“How was your Christmas…… was it nice….. did you have a good one?” We’ve all been asked that question in some form or other since the ‘big day’ and yes, the answers are broadly the same, ranging from, “it was quiet,” or “it was nice”. The unifying factor is that feeling that something long looked forward to is over and let’s face it, for many people it is.
Once the celebrations are over it seems as if people are in a state of limbo. Now we count the cost and not just in monetary terms; there is a painful awareness of weight put on. Then there is the realisation that people we celebrate with may change across the coming year, physically and mentally. This time next year some of those we love may no longer be with us. Let’s face it, none of us like change!
Yet to me, change is what Christmas and New Year is all about. When our Lord Jesus came into the world, the world through Him would never be the same again. This year will see many changes, new ideas, new discoveries, new stories of kindness and goodness which will gladden our hearts. There will be cruelty and heartache too, which will remind us how lucky we are and should challenge us to be more compassionate, and generous to those less fortunate.
So let me wish you all a very peaceful and happy New Year.
God keep you safe and all those for whom you have a special care .
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Wensleydale Filling Station is an informal way of expressing the Christian faith. It meets between 7 - 9 pm on the
second Friday of each month (except January and August) at:
The Key Centre, Middleham. DL8 4RA.
For more information please contact:
Pauline Hirst 01969 667841 firstname.lastname@example.org
On Friday 10 February, Lee McDade is speaking. He is a Scripture Reader from Catterick and was very much appreciated last time he came. Do try to join us.
CORNERSTONE PASTORAL CARE
Cornerstone is here to provide a 'listening ministry' within a safe, accepting and confidential environment. Our aim is to give emotional and spiritual support to church members and the wider community. We also offer help and information concerning practical matters such as shopping, transport, odd jobs, etc.
The pastoral team includes those who have had training in 'active listening' and who collectively have experience of – Hospital and Prison Chaplaincy, the Samaritans, Counselling and Nursing. All volunteers are insured and checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS – formerly CRB).
Please contact:Joyce Blundell – 01748 812668 / Penny Johnson – 01677 450082
Cornerstone cards can be found in the pews and at the back of your church.
Please feel free to take one away with you.
Hornby Castle Snowdrop Walk
Sunday 19 February 2 – 4pm
Under 12yr olds free
to include refreshments in church.
Proceeds to St Mary’s Church Hornby
By kind permission of Mr & Mrs R Clutterbuck
I just want to say a very big thank you to all the volunteers who were involved and produced a great Parishes’ Christmas lunch at Hackforth Village Hall.
It was a very happy, sociable event and much appreciated by all those who came. It was such a pleasure to be able to spend the majority of Christmas Day in such good company rather than being alone in my own home.
With very grateful thanks to all. Sent on behalf of the invited guests.
Our thanks also go the Village Hall committee and to all those who made the event possible by donating food, drinks, gifts, money and their own time to prepare for and make the event possible. Penny
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SHROVE TUESDAY is PANCAKE DAY
All across this country there are families who struggle to put food on the table; children are going to school hungry and parents are skipping meals so that their kids can eat an evening meal.
We want to continue our work to stop this and so we’re calling on churches, schools, families, and individuals throughout England to stand up to food poverty – and have some fun in the process!
On Shrove Tuesday on 28Feb, join the Big Pancake Party and raise money for the Together Network so that no one has to go hungry this spring. You can find out all you need to know at the web address below. Together we can make a difference!
· Just £3 can provide lunch for a child over summer as free school meals disappear.
· £9 for an emergency food parcel for a family for one day.
· Each £25 raised can provide a slow cooker so that families can make simple and nutritious meals with the food they receive from food banks.
Together we can make a huge differences to the lives of families across the country who are struggling to feed themselves. Find out how the Together Network is already making a difference. Sign up today to receive your free fundraising pack and book your place at the Big Pancake Party!
Parish Lunches - All welcome !
Parish Lunch at the Old Horn Inn, SPENNITHORNE
Wednesday, 15 February and 15 March at 12.30pm
.£10 per head for a 2-course meal. Please ring Jeff or Diane at the Old Horn Inn on 01969 622370.
Parish Lunch at the Bay Horse , Crakehall
Parish Lunch takes place on the 3rd Thursday of each month.£10 per head for a 2 course meal.
Our next two Lunches are on Thursday, 16 Februay and Thursday 16 March
To book please ring John or Diane Shephard at the pub – 01677 422548 – by the preceding Monday 14th of each month. Please come along & bring your friends
Harmby & Spennithorne Carpet Bowls Club
The Carpet Bowls will continue on Tuesdays in Harmby Village Hall at 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm. All welcome. All equipment provided. Enquiries to John Tuck (Tel: 01969 624046).
News from Hackforth and Hornby CE Primary School
Pupils enjoyed a busy final week before Christmas. As well as a delicious Christmas Lunch, we had a Christmas Party with a difference, meeting Father Christmas as we rode on the Santa Special from Leeming Bar to Finghall Lane.
Parents and friends were invited to our traditional Christingle Service in St Mary’s Church, during which school took a collection, allowing us to purchase over £75 worth of donations for The StoreHouse Food Bank in Richmond. Pupils also performed songs, including Only Remembered from War Horse, from our Christmas production, based on our World War 1 topic: Remembrance. All our pupils, including our youngest EYFS pupils, took part in this thoughtful presentation in Hackforth Village Hall on the final day of term.
Pupils returned to school on 4th January. We are now looking forward to a junior trip to York Theatre Royal to see the Royal Shakespeare Company’s First Encounters production of The Tempest. This will prompt a study of the play and a whole school summer production during the summer term. Y5/6 pupils are looking forward to joining pupils from Hunton, Londonderry and Leeming and Kell Bank, as we visit London for a residential trip at the end of February.
Please visit and Like our Facebook page for an up to date flavour of life at our school. If you would like to visit, please contact Mrs Gibson on 01748 811698.
Let there be Light
Christmas at St Mary’s, Hornby, this year was, as promised, very special.
A huge thank you goes to Ian Schofield for providing the light show at our Christmas Eve Carol Service and Christmas Day Communion. Thanks also to Hunton Ladies Choir.
Over 150 people of all ages enjoyed the Carol Service with mulled wine and nibbles afterwards, which gave a huge buzz to church and allowed many an exchange of news and festive wishes. Thanks to all who came and enjoyed.
Spennithorne & Harmby Mothers’ Union
Our meetings take place in The Village Hall at Harmby on the third Thursday of the month starting at 7 pm.
The Old School House Leyburn
Leyburn Arts & Community Centre
As well as the usual Friday and first Tuesday of the month films, during February there is a special Family film event during half term, a mosaic making workshop, the community choir concert, and a Ukulele concert. Please ring 01969 624510 for further information, call in for a flyer or check out the website.
The February meeting is Friday 3rd at 7.30pm in West Burton Village Hall.
The speaker is Stuart Huntingdon on Scottish Munroes. Stuart claims to a local 'munroe basher.' Guests are welcome for a small charge of £2, but free to members. Refreshments are provided after the talk. There is coach transport from Middleham, Harmby, Leyburn and West Witton. Please call 01969 622287 for more information.
The Society also has a walks programme and membership is £5 per year.
Calling everyone in the parish of St Mary.
If you fancy something a little different from usual we are planning an outing to Institution in Bedale on Friday 17 February at 7 30pm. They serve lots of yummy Sharing Platters and of course, a wide range of drinks to suit all tastes. Just contact Judith Weighell on email below to book yourself a place and come along and have a sociable evening with good chat and relaxation too.
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Hunton & Arrathorne CP School
2016 finished with a lovely carol service at St Patrick’s, Patrick Brompton the week after our FS/Y1 class had entertained us all with their production of ‘Busy, Busy Bethlehem’. It was hard to remember that half of the children had only been with us since September when we saw them reading and singing in front of their families and friends.
2017 is getting off to a busy start. Our Y5/6 pupils are excitedly preparing for their residential visit to London with their peers from other local small primary schools. It will be an interesting mix of museums, galleries, boat trips, castles and musical theatre.
We will soon be starting to learn our songs and readings for the Wensleydale Tournament of Song which we always look forward to.
FS/Y1 will be sharing their learning with their families at their next DEEL day in February. As part of their outdoor studies they will be getting involved in the RSPB’s annual birdwatch and learning how to recognise the birds that come to use their birdfeeders.
CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER: JULIAN MEETINGS IN BEDALE
We meet at 2pm on the first Monday of most months and our next meetings are 26 February and 26 March.
Please contact: Rev Linda Robinson 01677 422889 or Penny Johnson 01677
Visitors welcome at all our WI meetings
Spennithorne & Harmby WI Meetings 7 pm Harmby Village Hall
Hackforth WI Hackforth WI meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.
Wed 8 Feb In the Footsteps of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Jan Bell and Margaret Merrall
Wed 8 March Garden Birds by Mike Gray
New members always welcome. Please contact Sandra Webb on email@example.com
Newton-Le Willows & Patrick Brompton WI is the first Thursday of each month
We meet on Fridays on the School Room car park next to St Patrick’s Church, Patrick Brompton at 9-45am.
From there we share cars to the start of the walks.
Please bring pack lunch and drinks. All are welcome.
For more info please contact Joyce 01748 812668.
March 3rd Walking around Foxglove Covert Nature Reserve.
Walking round heathland, wetland, moorland, lakes and hides.
At the end of the walk there will be a chance to look round the field centre where hot drinks are available for a small donation.
March 31st From Ripon to Studley Royal along the River Skell and on to St Mary’s Church and back.
Please note :There will be a car park charge for parking in Ripon.
Crakehall Guides and Brownies are offering their usual
GOOD VALUE BREAKFAST
in Crakehall Village Hall
on SATURDAY 25 Feb from 8.30 to 10.30 am.
They would welcome as much support as possible!
Hackforth Village Hall
First Friday Socials 3 February and 3 March
Fitness Training – Weekly Thursdays – Ladies 7 to 8pm Gents 8 to 9pm
Table Tennis – Monday evenings 6 to 10pm New Members are very welcome.
CONTACT: Betty Burke 01677 422276 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Digital Skills Training Mondays 10am to 12 noon 01677 424436 Chris McGee
Please see village Hall website for more information on events.
Have you any unwanted baby wool or any wools? Suitable for a team of experienced knitters to make into sellable items for a local charity.? Please ring Pat Manners on 01677 426163. Thanks
Singing for Pleasure
Meetings are fortnightly on a Monday evening in Leyburn, for further information and the February dates, please ring 01969 622023.
If you are unable to attend church because of illness or any other difficult circumstances and you would like communion at home, please contact the clergy or one of the readers.
LIBRARY & COFFEE MORNINGS
Spennithorne Church 10am to 12 noon
February 14 & 28 TUESDAYS March 14 & 28
Do you know where Monrovia is in Liberia? This is where we, Simon and Grace, are planning to go at the end of May.We both finished our paid work, in dentistry and nursing, at the end of November 2016. The goal of leaving in February was unrealistic and has been moved to the end of May. Yes, it is all a bit hectic! Simon is in the process of applying for his Dental License from the Liberia Medical & Dental Council. We are seeking those who will support us by praying for us and also those who will help us financially. We go to Liberia as volunteers and as such need to provide our own support. The SIM (Serving in Mission) team in Liberia have advised us that we need £2500 per month - to cover things like: daily living, admin.costs, health insurance and flights. In addition, we will need to set up home in Liberia; some things we will take with us, some we will buy in Liberia. Due to the poor state of accommodation on the hospital compound our house requires significant repairs totalling several thousand pounds. If you would like more details please ask.
What will we be doing?
Simon plans to work in the Trinity Dental Clinic. This is part of ELWA hospital in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, which is run by SIM. The clinic was opened in 2008, but there has been no qualified dentist there for the past three years. Simon will take a lead role in the clinic and also seek to develop ‘outreach’ clinics to more remote parts of the country, probably in association with Mission Aviation Fellowship. Grace has a variety of gifts and abilities and her exact role will be decided once we arrive in Liberia.
In the meantime ...
We await a date for Jonathan, our son's, open heart surgery which will take place shortly. He and his brother David plan to film the ‘event’ to produce a documentary and also raise funds for the British Heart Foundation. You can follow this at www.sixtimesopen.com
Like to hear more?
We are happy to come and speak at your group or church about our plans as time and distance permit. Do get in touch to arrange this.
For those who pray. Please include:
Saturday 4 February 10am till 12noon
Coffee Morning in the Old Schoolroom
Everyone very welcome
Saturday 11 March 70s Night The Green Tree
£12.50 To include Chicken and Chips in the Basket and Black Forest Gateau
Live music with Patrick Brompton's very own Eddie Grant! plus fun quiz
Please see the village website for more information
P.I.N. presents …
Some of you may remember that in 2016 - PIN (Performances in Newton) hosted a ‘taster’ (pun intended) session for a brand new show by Ragged Edge Productions – The Chef Show. We loved it and have been eagerly awaiting the full performance. We are now very pleased to announce that Newton le Willows has been chosen as one of the three venues for the Show in Spring 2017:
The Chef Show
Saturday, 4th February 2017 at 7.30 pm
Tickets: £10 (£5 under 16’s)
Telephone Jane on 01677 450594
Backstage tales of what it’s like to work on a busy Saturday night in the local curry house. Two actors play multiple parts (inspired by interviews with real people in the trade). As part of the show, a local chef, will be offering a spicy cookery demonstration and at the end there is a chance to share the food prepared during the show, and to chat with the chef and the actors. A deliciously entertaining night out - the show is fast-paced, funny and very entertaining! The Green Room will be open for the PIN audience.
SAVE THE DATE: ‘The sweetest voice in England’ – Edwina Hayes Friday, 23rd June
Singing for the Memory
The February session is on Tuesday 21st at 2pm in Leyburn Arts & Community Centre.
An informal group for those who enjoy singing popular songs including those coping with early dementia and their carers.
£2 which includes tea and biscuits.
For more information please ring 01969 622023.
St Gregory’s Crakehall
New Service at St Gregory’s called ‘Simply Together’ at 11am on 26 February and 26 March A service led by lay people for adults and children, enjoying singing and fellowship.
Please come and try this out.
CHRISTMAS CARD TREE AT ST GREGORY'S
Many thanks to all who used the Christmas Card Tree this Christmas and donated to Christian Aid Present Aid. £138 was raised enabling us to buy 2 goats which will help provide poor families with milk to drink and sell, earning them vital income for the future; 2 baskets of chicks will help 2 women who have fled conflict, to start their own chicken-rearing business to provide for their families; 2 hens will provide eggs for a person living with HIV to buy the nutritious food they need to help them stay healthy. Lastly 2 sets of fishing equipment which will change 2 struggling lives for ever by providing them with all the training and equipment they need to begin fishing for a living. It is wonderful that we can help so many people with things that will roll on to help many more over the years. Myra
GATEWAY PARISHES ’
CHURCH SERVICES DURING THE WEEK
Wednesday St Gregory’s Crakehall 10 am
Thursday St Patrick’s Patrick Brompton 4. 45 pm
St. Michael’s Church, Spennithorne 9.30am on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays
Who let the Men out ?
The Men’s Group finally got underway again on 17th January when retired vet Lewis Grant OBE delivered a second instalment of his wildlife (animal & human!) experiences to our gathering at The Green Tree, Patrick Brompton. Many thanks to our hosts Brian and Carole for the superb buffet which followed Lewis’s highly entertaining presentation.
Having regained some momentum we hope to arrange another meeting before Easter – hopefully at a new venue within the parishes.
FROM OUR REGISTERS
St Mary’s Hornby:- Ida Ramsay
St Michael’s Spennithorne:- Claude Miller
St Patrick’s Patrick Brompton:- Peter Robson
St Gregory’s Crakehall: Henry Grainger
May they rest in peace and rise in glory
St Mary’s Hornby:- Isla Grace Gatford
St Gregory’s Crakehall:- Eleanor Verity Denton
May they walk with Christ all the days of their lives
Lower Dales Village Halls Committee
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