Joint choral evensong – Birstwith

The combined choirs of St Robert of Knaresborough, Pannal; St James, Birstwith; St Thomas á Becket, Hampsthwaite; Christ Church, High Harrogate; St John the Evangelist, Bilton, St Mary the Virgin, Goldsborough and St Thomas the Apostle, Killinghall sang a Choral Evensong at St James, Birstwith on Sunday June 17th.

Leading the service and singing the Office, was the Vicar, Chrissy Wilson, Abbie Palmer’s predecessor as Curate at St Roberts.  Our Vicar, John Smith, preached the sermon; the Vicar of St John’s Bilton read the first lesson and the Vicar of Christ Church, Harrogate led the intercessions.

The music Directors from four of the churches (Christine Alp (Christ Church); Kevin Paynes (St Robert’s); Sarah Warnes (St James’s) and Ruth Yarborough (St John’s)) shared the duties in conducting the combined choirs, While Christine Alp and Sarah Warnes alternated on the organ stool.  The music list was as follows:

IntroitWith a voice of singing - Martin Shaw
ResponsesSmith of Durham
CanticlesHubert Parry in D
AnthemGreater love hath no man - John Ireland
EnvoiThere is your face - Ruth Yarborough

A magnificent tea was provided by our hosts prior to the service, for which we are truly thankful.  Much hard work was put by Directors, clergy, choirs and congregation into planning, preparing, rehearsing and participating in an uplifting act of worship.  A really great occasion…….and hopefully to be repeated again in the future.

Picnic on the Green

The weather smiled on us for our picnic an service on the Green last Sunday afternoon.

A good group from both churches enjoyed the sunshine, played in the beck (children as well), ate well,  took pleasure in each other’s company and worshipped together….ably led by Revds Abbie and Ben and supported by an excellent music group for the singing.

The general consensus was ‘let’s do it again!’




Beer Festival

Our beer festival this year is a bit later than usual – October 5th and 6th.  This is our major fund-raiding event of the year….so please put it in your diaries NOW!!

The fund -raising web page will be set up shortly……does anyone have any pictures from last year’s event to help with this year’s publicity?  If so, please send to

Since this is the 800th anniversary of St Robert’s death, we are hoping that one or two Harrogate breweries will produce a commemorative brew for us and that these can be advertised locally to promote the event.  Daleside, Roosters and Harrogate Brewing Co are all possibilities.

We’ll be setting up the on-line ticketing arrangements before long – watch this space.

Finally, we’ll be calling on you all to help out at the time…….but if anyone would like to be on the organising team (and there are plenty of tasks to be done!) please get in touch now at  and we’ll get back in touch with you with further information.

Abbie’s ordination

It is now approaching a year since Abbie was ordained Deacon in Bradford Cathedral and came to join us as Curate.  The time has flown by and the time is nearly here for her ordination as Priest.

This will be on Saturday 23rd June 3.00pm at Ripon Cathedral

All are welcome to attend, and it will be followed by a celebratory BBQ at St Robert’s from 6.00pm

Registration forms are now at the back of church for you to sign up for this

‘New’ website


Please let us know your thoughts on the ‘new look’ website.  This project is still ‘work in progress’ in many respects, but we would really welcome your feedback straight away……after all the site exists as a service to you, the users.  So let us know what you like and what you don’t like and what you think we could do to improve it.  If anyone has bright ideas about what they think the role of the website should be in our communications strategy….and what ought or ought not to be in it or linked with it, please have a word (that’s another way of saying ‘communicate’!) with Rachel Hewson who is chair of the Communications Committee, or with Iain Ward-Campbell who is acting as webmaster (

Ted Collings – Belgian cycle ride

Ted Collings is back from his cycle ride round the Battlefields of the Great War….he started at Zeebrugge on Sunday, May 13th – then on to Ypres and the solemn daily ceremony at the Menin Gate, where he laid a wreath to commemorate the fallen from Pannal; then five days visiting the principal sites of four years’ battles and sieges which we are commemorating this year 100 years later.  Ted is collecting the promised sponsorship donations and it’s not too late for you to contribute – just speak to Ted and hand him your donation, which Ted intends to go towards the cost of the new altar frontal.

St Robert’s Way – Pilgrimage walk

Pioneered by a St Robert’s Pannal team of Vicar, Curate and Verger.  The inaugural ‘St Robert’s Way’ walk took place on the May Bank Holiday Monday, accompanied by Bishop Helen-Ann.

Here’s what the Diocese had to say about it

The plan is to produce a smart leaflet with background and directions for the walk from St Robert’s, Pannal to St Robert’s cave by the River Nidd in Karesborough, which will be available in church and other local outlets, including the Harrogate and Knaresborough Tourist Offices.

Parochial Church Council (PCC)

The next PCC meeting will be in St Robert’s at 7.30pm on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018.  The PCC last met on Tuesday, May 8th, 2018.  Minutes of PCC meetings are available for inspection by arrangement with the Church office. If you would like any particular matter to be discussed at a future PCC meeting, please speak to the Vicar, Curate, either of the Churchwardens or any member of the PCC  Here is a current list of PCC members