Book Sale 2021

This year’s book sale was a very successful activity. The number of books presented for the occasion was huge. The visitors arrived in a steady stream, and made donations that made us achieve a total of very nearly £5000. Thank you to all who took part and especially all the workers who set it up, made visitors feel welcome and then cleaned it all up at the end of the three days.

A virtual AGM.

There is a planned virtual AGM for the parish for 10th November. Any comments or proposals to be emailed to the minute secretary, as shown on the who’s who page. This is the agenda:

Parish of Baldersby with Dishforth

Annual Meetings

(Annual Vestry Meeting, Annual Parochial Church Meeting,)

held on line for the Parish of Baldersby St James’ Church  on  Tuesday 10th November 2020.


Opening Prayers

1            Appointment of Clerk to the Meeting

2            Apologies

Vestry Meeting

1            Election of Churchwardens

Annual Parochial Church Meeting

1            Minutes of the previous Annual Parochial Church Meeting

2            Reports:

i              Electoral Roll – changes in membership

ii            Vicar’s Report – Not possible this year

iii           Financial Statement – for the previous calendar year

iv           Churchwardens’ Report – fabric, goods and ornaments

v             Deanery Synod Report

vi           Foundation Governors’ Report – where there is a school(s) in the parish

vii          Safeguarding statement and report

3            Elections and Appointments

                              i              Election of Deanery Synod Member (2020 and every third year)

                              ii            Election of Parochial Church Council members

                              iii           Appointment of Deputy Warden

iv           Appointment of Independent Examiner

                              v             Appointment of Sidespersons, Verger and Sacristan

                              vi           Appointment of Parish Safeguarding Officer

                              vii          Appointment of ‘Projects Manager’

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

Well we really enjoyed this last of this season’s concerts. A lively and happy occasion. Here are the group as the end of our evening.

Following the difficulties of the last 15 months Music @ Junction 50 is delighted to announce its 2021 programme.  There will be three concerts over the summer months in the lovely Church of St James,  Baldersby St James.

After the first two very successful concerts we end this season with something very different.

To round off the series we welcome the Genovia Bassoon Quartet on Thursday 2nd September at 7pm who give us the chance  to hear four of these wonderful instruments play together which is not to be missed.  Each member of the quartet is a top orchestral player and together the music they make is joyous and a lot of fun.  They will take us on a whirlwind musical tour which will showcase items from various musical genres and will demonstrate the amazing versatility of the bassoon.

Tickets are available from: Sue Brown (Shop in Baldersby) 07840381558

Colin Reid: 01765 640624  or at the door.

VENUE IS COVID SAFE – All up to date regulations in place.

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

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