Events in June

“The Average Angel” (One Women Play) in church on 28th June at 7p.m. for 7.30p.m. start.

Tickets £6.00.

Junction 50 – Sadly our first concert is cancelled on 4th July as it coincides with the church

being used as a Voting Station.

Events in May

WEDNESDAY   8th May – Music and Drama  from 6.30 to 8.30p.m.

WEDNESDAY 22nd May – Music and Drama from 6.30 to 8.30p.m.

FRIDAY 10TH May – COUNTRY AND WESTERN with Cathy Ryan who entertained us all with

her 40’s music last year, which was great fun.

7.00p.m. for 7.30p.m.  Tickets – £6.00  Refreshments and Raffle.  All very welcome.

WEDNESDAY 15th May – TEA DANCE – 2p.m. to 4p.m.

Charlie Chuck’s SCROOGE

Postponed. Friday 1st December at Baldersby St James Church at 7.30pm. Postponed

With regret we have had to cancel this evening’s Christmas Play as the church heating has failed and it is felt that it would be too cold in the current weather conditions. A new date will be advised when decided.

Life celebration of Stuart Carter

Our community lost a larger than life figure in the person of Stuart who was remembered with affection at his funeral on Wednesday 29th March at Baldrsby St James church. The service was well attended and a guard of honour by the scouts marked the arrival of the coffin at the church.

It was a honour to have known and worked with Stuart. May he rest in peace.

Heritage England

In September 2014 our church was entered on the Heritage England “At Risk Register” due to the poor state of the exterior of the church.

Briefly this included all roofs, rainwater goods and some of the stone mullions on the windows.

On 6th November 2022 we received a letter from Giles Proctor – Heritage England Architect- to congratulate us, as we have been removed from the 2023 “At Risk Register” and we are now classed as being in “Good Order”.

This is a mammoth feat by everyone connected with the church and as long as our ongoing maintenance is carried out in a timely fashion, should ensure the integrity of the building into the foreseeable future.

Our energies will now be focused on the interior of the church – updating the radiators is in the pipeline and in the budget (thanks to funds from our Book Sales) Fund raising will be needed to repair some of the smaller windows, extend the heating where possible and perhaps attempt the restoration of the beautiful paper in the Sanctuary Roof!

We now have a new architect, Ian Hayton, and next spring he will carry out a “Quinquennial Inspection” as required by the diocese. This will be a detailed report of the fabric of the church and enable us to prioritise maintenance as per his report.

Only 11 Grade 1 listed buildings in Yorkshire were removed from the register. St James Church is hugely important in architectural terms as it is set in a Conservation Village also designed by Butterfield and we are seeing increasing numbers of visitors.

Remembrance day

Lest we forget.

Thanks are due to Stuart Webb for placing his regiment standard and the union flag in the church.

Concert 28th September. The All Sorts

The concert starts at 7pm. Adults are £12, under 19s are free.

The All Sorts are vocalistsand are represented by Scottish Classical Musicians.

Four wonderful vocalists, all soloists in their own right, come together in a concert featuring well known items,famous moments from opera and some surprises.

Closure of Skipton on Swale church

Sadly St John’s Church is holding its final service before officially closing on 1st October. Bishop Paul will be leading the service. Everyone is welcome to join Skipton for one last service commemorating the life of this church and the many people who have worshipped there over the years. Refreshments will be served after the service.