Revd Dr Amanda Bloor is the new Archdeacon of Cleveland.

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu has today announced this appointment.

Amanda is currently Priest in Charge of Holy Trinity Bembridge on the Isle of Wight and Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands in the Diocese of Portsmouth. Ordained in 2004, she has previously served as Chaplain and Diocesan Advisor in Women’s Ministry to the Bishop of Oxford, and as Area Director of Ordinands for Berkshire.  She undertook Doctoral research in Clergy Wellbeing and has a keen interest in the flourishing of those engaged in ministry.  She is also a Chaplain to the Army Cadet Force.  Amanda is married to Mark and has two grown-up daughters. 

Archbishop Sentamu said: “I very much look forward to welcoming Amanda to the Diocese of York and especially to her new ministry in the Archdeaconry of Cleveland.  As well as her experience in a bishop’s team, her research on clergy wellbeing stands her in good stead to support everyone whose work and calling is to serve others in Jesus’ name.”

The Revd Dr Amanda Bloor said: “I’m excited to be moving to the Diocese of York and joining the team encouraging the vision to be Generous Churches, Making and Nurturing Disciples.  I look forward to getting to know people and places so that I can join in with the many good things that God is doing amongst us.  I want to support clergy in what can sometimes feel a lonely or challenging role; we have a message of hope to offer to a hurting world where many people are searching for meaning.”

The Bishop of Whitby, Paul Ferguson said: “Amanda is a disciple and leader with special abilities and experience. I warmly look forward to welcoming her in her ministry as Archdeacon of Cleveland”.

The Bishop of Portsmouth, Christopher Foster said: “Amanda’s appointment is great news for the Cleveland Archdeaconry and the Diocese of York. While with us in Bembridge she has been an excellent parish priest and ably supported those, especially from the Isle of Wight, discerning a possible call to licensed or further ministry. We shall miss her and her gifts, and Mark as well, but rejoice that the wider church benefits from her leadership as we seek across the nation to call more people to love Jesus and to grow the church to build the Kingdom.”

Amanda will be collated as Archdeacon of Cleveland at Bishopthorpe Palace on 22 April 2020. She succeeds the Venerable Samantha Rushton, who became the Archdeacon of York in August 2019. 

Messy Church – Now Cancelled.

Yes, as part of the Diocese of York’s Come and See Mission, we are running not one but two Messy Churches over the weekend of 14-15th March:
Saturday 14th March            2.00-4.00pm               Baldersby St James’ Church

Sunday 15th March                2.00-4.00pm               Dalton Church
For ‘children’ of any age: 3 months – 93 years!
You are all warmly invited!

Come and See Mission

‘Come and See’ Mission
The Northern Bishops’ Mission to the Diocese of York,
12-15 March 2020
The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples,
and as he watched Jesus walk by,
he exclaimed, ‘Look, here is the Lamb of God!’
The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.
When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them,
‘What are you looking for?’
They said to him, ‘Rabbi’ (which translated means Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’
He said to them,
‘Come and see.’
John 1:35-39

‘Come and See
’ is an opportunity for us to unite in local mission and evangelism: we pray, we invite, we celebrate and we offer
hospitality, all in the power of the Holy Spirit, telling the Good News of Jesus Christ. Archbishop Sentamu, together with the
Bishops of the Northern Province and their teams, will be working in our Diocese from Thursday to Sunday, 12-15 March 2020.
We anticipate being joined by about 30 Bishops each with a small team of lay people, children and youth workers and clergy.
Each Bishop will be allocated to a deanery. In our Deanery of Mowbray, we will be joined by Bishop Paul Bayes (of Liverpool) and
Bishop John Flack and their teams.

So what is being planned?
In our benefice we are looking at:
Lent Lunch at Topcliffe Village Hall on Friday 13th from 12.00noon-1.00pm
Charlie Chuck’s Guide to the Universe at Baldersby St James church on Friday 13th at 7.00pm
Open Church at Skipton-on-Swale church on Saturday 14th March, 10.00-12.00noon
Messy Church at Baldersby St James church on Saturday 14th March, 2.00-4.00pm
Messy Church at Dalton church on Sunday 15th March, 2.00-4.00pm
The idea is that these are events that we can invite people to, so that together in the name of Christ we can build

Music at Junction 50

Here is a letter from the organiser of Music at Junction 50.

Nikolsky Ensemble.

Thursday 3rd October 2019
Concert starts : 7pm
Tickets : £10 inc refreshments
Sue Brown
Tel: 01765 640398
Colin Reid
Tel: 07770 620897 / 01765 640624
or collect at Smithy Farmshop

The origin of the name “Nikolsky” comes from St. Nicholas male monastery choir (in Russian [Nikolsky muzhskoy monastir]). They hire professional musicians to decorate the service. Most of us met while working there.
St. Nicholas of Myra is the patron saint of travelers. Being touring musicians we do a lot of traveling. Russian adjective “Nikolsky” also includes meaning of being under patronage of St. Nicholas.

We sing a cappella. Our voices are the only instruments we use!
As a rule, the first part of our concert is devoted to Russian Orthodox Church music written by our famous classical composers since 17th century. In the second part we sing Russian folk and secular songs.
In spite of the fact that our audience cannot always understand Russian, the beauty of melodies helps to overcome language barrier. People often recognize Rachmaninov “Hail Mary” from Vespers, world-known “Volga Boatmen”, “Kalinka”, etc… Our performance displays a range of emotions and zooms-in the “Russian Soul”.

A History of Clocks.

26th October at Baldersby St James Church, a talk on all things clock and barometers. The talk starts at 7pm.

A most interesting and informative evening in the company of Robert Place a local Professional Horologist, giving a talk on the fascinating world of clocks and barometers.

Informal questions and answers with practical experience, how to date through changes in fashion, manufacturing and modernisation over the centuries. You may bring in any item of clocks, barometers, musical boxes etc or photographs.

Tickets £6 on the door inc. refreshments

Book Sale 2020

Our Annual Book Sale which usually happens in September has been cancelled for 2020. It is now hoped we can hold this major fund raising event in the Spring of 2021.

However, we are still collecting books and we know many of you have been having a “book shelf” clear out over the past weeks. Please leave books in the church porch and they will be stored until spring when they can join our bumper sale!  We are already collecting lots of books and we may have a second sale next year in September to get us back into our annual routine and help you fill those shelves up again!

Many thanks to everyone who donates and buys books, it funds many repairs to the fabric of our church, perhaps one day even an improved heating system.

Lych-gate repairs.

Before the repairs started.

Well done Dan Ranson and his team. Well done Terry Potter!


Sunday 15th April             Easter 3

12 noon        Northallerton Town Hall


No services in local churches

From 12 noon onwards all the churches in the area will gather for a big picnic, looking beyond our church walls to pray and worship together with Archbishop Sentamu, and share stories of faith and God’s call in our lives.. Please bring a friend and some food.


We hope you will take the opportunity to attend the events and meet the Archbishop.

The only event which requires prior notification that you wish to attend is the Saturday evening “Supper with Sentamu” event at Romanby Golf Club.

The event is in aid of Farming Community Network and will involve a two course meal and a talk by the Archbishop. Tickets are £25 and can be obtained from Roger Bennett (01609 882107 or or Peter Gardner (01609 882801 or

Archbishops’ Joint Pastoral Letter

Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse: Archbishop’s letter

The Archbishops of York and Canterbury have written a joint Pastoral Letter for wide circulation following the end of the hearing which took place over the last three weeks as part of the Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).

“We are writing to you to ask for your prayers as Holy Week begins and as the Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse has finished its hearing into matters in the Diocese of Chichester. Please will you pray this Holy Week especially for all those involved, and for all affected by safeguarding issues.”

Archbishops Sentamu and Justin hope that their letter can either be read out or distributed in churches this weekend and at the start of Holy Week.

“We take very seriously all that has been heard by the Inquiry. Archbishop Justin said when he gave evidence last week that he had learned again through listening and reading the evidence given to the Inquiry, that we must not simply say sorry, but that we must also take action that demonstrates clearly that we have learnt the lessons. It is a fact that Bishops and Archbishops are now rightly required to listen, learn and act in accordance with safeguarding legislation and good practice.”