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Get ready for the Beer Festival and Family Fun Day……..put the dates in your diary – Friday, September 22nd; 7 – 11pm and Saturday, September 23rd; 2 – 9pm.  See below for a list of the beers on offer.

Daleside Blonde

Daleside Crackshot

Wold Top Wold Gold

Harrogate Brewing Co Porter

Durham Magus

Half Moon Brewery Autumnales

Adnams Lighthouse

Ainsty Bantam Bitter

Isaac Poad 86 Golden Ale

 Tickets are available online – click here

Here are the posters:  Beer Festival 2017      Family Fun Day 2017

PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING  – The next PCC meeting will be in St Robert’s at 7.30pm on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017.  The PCC last met on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017.  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

Read the Mid-week Message

Here are the recent notices

Have a look at the latest, fortnightly, Diocesan e-newsletter

The Monthly Diocesan News is here – including Bishop Nick’s message

Here is ‘God’s Green Fingers’ – the regular Diocesan Environment e-news   If you’d like your own copy you can subscribe at the top of the e-letter page

We are applying for grants to enable us to do vital work towards repairing our ancient (and modern!) buildings so that they continue to provide a focus and amenity base for the community, as well as a sacred space for worship.  Many thanks to those of you, as beneficiaries of the building, who signed the statement of support for this work.  Our urgent need is to make the Chapter House watertight while the Summer weather is here and before the Autumn rains arrive.  In addition to seeking grants, we have been successfully fundraising throughout last year and raised approximately £8,500 as at the end of December; these funds will be applied to the Chapter House roofing requirement as well as other projects.

This Sunday will be September 24th – the fifteenth Sunday after Trinity.  Our church is dedicated to St Robert, the holy hermit of Knaresborough who lived in the 13th century; September 24th is St Robert’s day when we celebrate his life at our Patronal Festival.

The principal service at St Robert’s will be Parish Communion at 9.15am:  There is BCP Holy Communion at 8.00am and BCP Evensong at 6.00pm

You are welcome to join the regular services of Morning Prayer held at 9.15am on Mondays and Wednesdays at St Robert’s and on Tuesdays at St Michael’s.  Get a good start to your day with this short service of prayer, reading and reflection.

Here is the most recent service sheet


It’s time for our annual survey.  You can collect and complete the form at Church, but you may find it more convenient to use the form below.  Download it, complete it on-line (using MS Word), save it and e-mail it back to  Alternatively download and print it out, complete it manually and either hand it in at church or scan it and e-mail as above.

Here is the survey form

Amongst a number of initiatives relating to church communications, a major make-over of the website is in the offing. 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 chairing the committee, or with Iain Ward-Campbell who is acting as webmaster (


We mustn’t lose sight of the fact that, however tremendous our fund-raising activities are (and they are really important for us in pursing vital projects), our ability to make ends meet in maintaining our Church and furthering its ministry in our community and beyond, rests primarily on the personal, regular and adequate giving of our congregation. We are now in the Summertime period of ‘Ordinary Time’ following Pentecost and Trinity Sundays, when we study Christ’s ministry and His teachings about our relationship with God and those around us in the world.  It is a good time to reflect on how seriously we take that relationship and how we should respond to His supreme gift of His Son; born into humanity; loving, teaching and healing us as he shows us what the Father wants from us; suffering and dying for the redemption of us all; and finally rising again to demonstrate that evil has been, is being and will be vanquished and set aside in God’s plan for His creation and us His children.   So let’s remind ourselves, as we celebrate God’s great gift to us – his Son, how good it is to give from what God in His infinite generosity has given us; and as we renew our search for the ways in which God calls us to make a difference in our world – and the power and gifts He has given us with which to do so – let’s take a serious Summertime opportunity to review our own personal giving  to our Church as a token of our commitment to all that it does in furthering the Kingdom of God among us all.  Please do ask if you would like to talk further about this.  The Vicar or Treasurer – Anita Hawker or Iain Ward-Campbell the Chairman of the Finance Committee would all be happy to discuss this with you.  Indeed, you can ask any Member of the PCC.   We have prepared a leaflet to answer some questions and to give guidance to those considering joining the Planned Giving Scheme or renewing or upgrading their giving. Here is the leaflet


Yes, we really do need to keep at the fund raising.  We have several projects to take forward – and support for all our fundraising events is a great way for members of our congregation (and others….friends, neighbours, relations and colleagues) to engage in something specific and targeted to both our immediate and long-term needs.  So….as we reach September 2017 it is good to see that things are progressing well!  Arrangements for the Annual Beer Festival are already in hand (see above)……and watch out for details of the Bridge Afternoon and Tea coming up on November 2nd; 1 – 5pm – flyers for this will be appearing shortly………here’s what the Bridge flyer will look like

Please let the Churchwardens or Vicar know if you have any bright ideas for possible fund-raising events…..especially if you would like to mastermind the running of one.


The Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) took place on April 2nd during the 9.15am service.  Churchwardens, Deanery synod representatives and Parochial Church Council (PCC) members were elected and a note of the proceedings can be found on the APCM page

Here is a copy of the accounts to December 31st, 2016 which was presented at the APCM on April 2nd, 2017


What better present for a music-loving friend or family member, could there be than THE CHOIR’S CD?!  Tracks drawn from your favourites – take a look.  They are on sale now at only £5 – just speak to Sarah Paynes….or give her a ring on 01423 872651.  If you are really quick you can get one or more already beautifully gift wrapped and ready to be presented to the lucky recipient.


Service Calendar Sep – Dec 2017

Service Calendar May – Aug 2017

Service Calendar Jan – Apr 2017

Service Calendar Sep – Dec 2016

Service Calendar Apr – Aug 2016

Service Calendar Jan – Mar 2016

Service Calendar Sep – Dec 2015

Service Calendar Apr – Aug 2015

Service Calendar Jan – Apr 2015


St Robert’s PCC members



by the Wednesday prior to Sunday Notices