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.

You may wish to make a poppy in memory of someone special, or make dozens! 

Patterns are 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.


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.

Shirley Paynes will be restarting the Music Circle meetings from September 10th 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

Monday morning café

From 10th September we will be running a weekly café in the Chapter House on Monday mornings from 8.45am-10.30am.

This aims to open up the church building to the community as somewhere to meet up over coffee.

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;


St Robert’s Anniversary Lunch

On Sunday, September 23rd after a 10.00am service of Parish Communion, we will be having a ‘bring and share’ lunch in the Chapter House with music  and entertainment to celebrate the 800th anniversary of our patron Saint.

Do come and join us.  More details of the event will be available shortly, so watch this space!

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;



Hymns at Vida Grange

The two 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.

We are not planning a visit in August, but starting again in September, we plan to visit on the following Fridays for the rest of this year.  We meet at 2.20pm in the main reception and sing for about 45 minutes from 2.30pm

September 28th
October 19th
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.

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 can enjoy the services of our community time-keeper and its hourly chimes.  There will be a formal ceremony during the Beer Festival Fun Day on Saturday, October 6th, at which Bishop Helen-Ann will dedicate the renovations.  More precise information will be made available about that in due course.  Our heartfelt thanks go out to the whole community for their generous response to our appeal.







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.

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.

‘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 (

Parochial Church Council (PCC)

The next PCC meeting will be in St Robert’s at 7.30pm on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018.  The PCC last met on Tuesday, July 10th, 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