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 next visit will be on Friday, October 19th meeting at Vida Grange 2.20pm for 2.30pm.

We plan to visit on the following Fridays for the rest of this year, meeting at 2.20pm in the main reception and singing for about 45 minutes from 2.30pm

November 16th
December 14th

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 last 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.

The Bible Course

New to the Bible or want to go deeper?

Abbie and Steve are running a ‘get to know the Bible’ course.  It is held on Tuesdays 7.30-9pm @ 80 Beckwith Crescent (The Curacy)

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.

11 September;
18 September;
2 October;
16 October;
23 October;
6 November;
20 November;
27 November

Course book donation £5

For more information speak to course leaders, Steve or Abbie Palmer, or email

Monday morning café

Monday morning Chapter House Café has successfully launched!!! Some smiling faces round the table!

It runs from 8.45am-10.30am on Monday mornings and aims to open up the church building to the community as somewhere to meet up over coffee.

So pop in after dropping the children off at school and enjoy chat and fellowship – and a good brew!  And don’t forget to spread the word around your circle of family, friends and acquaintances….it’s not limited to mums and dads dropping children – bring granny and granddad too….the more the merrier!  Forget Betty’s in town!….this is MUCH more fun.

We are looking for volunteers to help run the café. If you would be interested in helping serve, bake or in any other way, please contact Judith Colbert; or Vicky Dall;

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.

A cascade of poppies

This year on Sunday 11th November we will mark the 100th year since the 1918 Armistice. In recognition of this important centenary, we are planning to make a public display of crafted poppies cascading from the church tower at St Robert’s.  The project is well under way with the Mothers’ Union knitting and crocheting hundreds of poppies and all who are interested are invited to join them.

The ‘big sew’ is still underway……..but this coming week (starting October 15th) the poppies are being fastened to the netting which will form the cascade.  Come along on….

Thursday, October 18th – 7.00pm to 9.00pm

Monday, October 22nd – 10.00am to 12.00noon

Wednesday, October 24th – 10.00am to 12.00noon

Thursday, October 25th – 7.00pm to 9.00pm

No skill or expertise required

You may still wish to make a poppy in memory of someone special, and patterns are still available from the church office for knitted or crocheted poppies. 

They can be made in any shade of red, with or without black centres or green leaves. If you prefer to craft them in another form e.g. felting or sewn these will also be welcomed. Any completed poppies can be left at St Robert’s marked for the attention of Revd. Abbie Palmer.


Parochial Church Council (PCC)

The next PCC meeting will be in St Robert’s at 7.30pm on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018.  The PCC last met on Tuesday, September 25th, 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 will shortly be 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!  In due course you will be sent further details of how to log in to this area.

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 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;



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 (