Epiphany party

St Robert’s Church, Epiphany Thank You Evening

Saturday, January 5th  7.00pm onwards in the Chapter House

The Churchwardens are hosting their Epiphany Thank You Evening and invite all who volunteer in any way to come along so that we can celebrate the last year’s efforts.

Please let Tim (01423 542082), Ann (0113 288 6646) or Ted (07766 920000) know as soon as possible if you are able to attend.


Christmas Hampers

It’s hamper time again!!

Tricia Wilson has put out her annual call for contents for the hampers to be raffled; the draw will take place in the Chapter House following the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols at 7.00pm on Friday, December 16th

We would be very grateful for donations for the main hamper (list of items at the back of church) and/or any additional items such as wine, chocolates, biscuits, jams etc. to make up more prizes. Items can be left at the church office for collection by Tricia.

Tickets will be available at all services and from the office – £1 each.

Hymns at Vida Grange

The Friday hymn singing sessions for the residents at Vida Grange Care Home have worked very well……many thanks to those who have already contributed to this valued outreach…..and can you mention it to any friends and family who you think might be interested.

Our final visit this year will be to sing carols on Friday, December 14th, meeting, as usual, at 2.20pm in the main reception and singing for about 45 minutes from 2.30pm.


2019 dates
January 25th
February 22nd
March 29th
April 19th
May 24th
June 28th
Here is the list for the first six months of 2019


If you would like to join the group, and have not yet done so, please let Iain Ward-Campbell know:

01423 870492;

Male and female voices both needed and welcome!….we can manage with a small number, but the more the merrier.  We can even sing unaccompanied – as witness our visit in September, when the usual room and keyboard had been triple-booked!!  But don’t panic!….we expect to have the keyboard available for future visits.

Bible Book Club

We are starting a Bible Book Club to meet on a regular basis and discuss different books of the Bible, which we will try to read in advance.

The first three dates will be on Mondays

January 21st, 2019
February 18th, 2019
March 18th, 2019

…..and we will meet in the Chapter House from 1.30 to 3.00pm



The first book chosen for discussion is St Mark’s Gospel, which takes about 90 minutes to read through.

The Bible Course

New to the Bible or want to go deeper?

A repeat of the ‘get to know the Bible’ course is running again, on Thursdays 11.30am-1.00pm in the Chapter House

This 8-week course will show how the key books, famous characters and epic events form one BIG story, from Genesis to Revelation. The course also provides tools and skills that help apply the Bible to everyday life.

You don’t have to attend every session… come when you can.

10 January;
17 January;
24 January;
31 January;
7 February;
14 February;
21 February;
28 February;

Course book donation £5

For more information email:

Music Circle

Music Circle meetings have started up again on the second Monday of the month at 2.00pm in the Chapter House.

Come along and explore the world of music focussed on varied topics, finishing with tea, coffee and biscuits.

To find out more speak to Shirley Paynes.

Parochial Church Council (PCC)

The next PCC meeting will be in St Robert’s at 7.30pm on Wednesday, January 30, 2019.  The PCC last met on Tuesday, November 13th, 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

There is a ‘restricted access’ area on the website for PCC members to view and comment on documents and other issues in between meetings, as well as receiving relevant briefings and other information….so if you are a PCC member – watch this space!  You have been given instructions on how to access this area – if you have forgotten, contact Iain Ward-Campbell (

Readings & intercessions

Isobel Goodall is keen to expand the pool of people prepared to read or lead intercessions at the main Sunday services.  If this idea appeals to you, please contact her to get more information

If the idea makes you feel a bit nervous, then experienced readers are there to give advice and a bit of coaching – and the same goes for the intercessions.  There’s plenty of guidance available including tips about content and sources of suitable material. This is a really valuable contribution to the services and a great opportunity to exercise your own personal ministry.

Bellringers needed

We are URGENTLY in need of folk to ring the bells from time to time – particularly at weddings.  There is a fee for ringing at weddings.

We are looking for folk aged 13 years and older (including adults).  There is a code of conduct to ensure safety in the ringing chamber and access thereto, and proper training will be provided in that and the techniques of ringing (or ‘chiming’) the bells at St Robert’s.

Anyone interested should contact the Verger, Christine Ward-Campbell;



A cascade of poppies for Remembrance Day






Pannal’s observance of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day 1918, proved to be an inspirational and moving tribute to the sacrifices of the First World War and subsequent conflicts.  Packed congregations at services in St Robert’s and at the Village Hall, reflected with thanks and sadness on the loss of life, and injuries sustained, by those who fought in the past (and fight still) to preserve our freedoms and values.  At the same time, we looked forward with hope and determination to a world of continuing peace, reconciliation  and fellowship – in opposition to the malign influences of nationalism, terrorism and extremism of every kind, which continue to surface in our societies throughout today’s world.  The cascade of crafted poppies down the side of the church, the muffling of the early church bells, the floral decoration inside St Robert’s and the activities of Junior Church all provided both symbolic and tangible tokens of our observance.  A huge thank you to all who contributed to a remarkable week end.




Clock Work!!

The work is complete!  The three faces have been painted and gilded, and the gleaming hands re-attached; the clock mechanism has been overhauled and the clock re-started.  Once again we are enjoying the services of our community time-keeper and its hourly chimes.   During the Beer Festival Family Fun Day at 2.00pm on Saturday, October 6th, Bishop Helen-Ann led a short service at which the renovations were dedicated.  Our heartfelt thanks go out to the whole community for their generous response to our appeal – and we now have the most beautiful clock faces in all North Yorkshire!!











The work has covered restoration of the three faces – blue background with gold-leafing on the numerals and hands,  as well as overhaul and renovation, where needed, of the clock mechanism.

‘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 (