Bishops & marriage

I have been preparing, writes Fr Nicholas, for some teaching on the effects of the Marriage (Same sex couples) Act 2013, and the confusion it has caused about so called ‘gay marriage’.  The House of Bishops of the Church of England produced a quite superb response to the Bill at the consultation stage;  two years later […]

Charles Henry Hall

Painted by Gilbert Stuart Newton With thanks to Laura Irwin and Judith Curthoys for hunting it down in the Christ Church storeroom and sending the photograph.  The picture, as you can see, is in good condition, but as it is no longer on display, its frame has not been as well looked after. St Peter’s Church […]

St Bede’s Day gift

Today we celebrate St Bede, one of the greatest English scholars of all time, and one of the most European in outlook.  I think he would be saddened (on the 1,283rd anniversary of his passing from this world) by the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation.  Not because its aims are not admirable, but […]

Society of Mary

It is part of the ministry of the parish, and certainly a privilege, to welcome parish groups of The Society, mostly from difficult, urban parishes during the summer months:  we forget how beautiful it is round here. It has been a good summer with various groups coming for a Mass or Sprinkling or both, most […]

Fr Alex’s ordination

Most probably, the first ordination ever held in the parish.  On Saturday, 24th June, Bishop Tony Robinson of Wakefield, with Bishop Robert Ladds and priests of The Society, ordained Alex Ladds, our curate-in-training, to the sacred priesthood, in the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Thornton-in-Craven.  Good weather, a full church, great singing, a wonderful […]

Canon Ann retires

At the end of 2016, having reached the age of 70, Canon Ann had no option but to retire (that’s the law for parish clergy), from her work as Diocesan Director of Ordinands, as Rural Dean of Skipton, and as Parish Deacon of Broughton, Marton & Thornton, and at the end of some thirty years […]

Thornton Hill Carols

The residents of Thornton Hill Residential Home were filled with festive cheer and song as Paul hosted our third consecutive carol service for them. Listening to BBC Radio Lancashire’s one hour programme called ‘Lancashire Sings Christmas’ where, along with seventy different locations around the North-West of England, we joined in and sung twelve carols and listened […]

Sunday tent service

British Caravanners Club – Festival of Lanterns It was a great privilege for Alex and Paul to lead the Sunday Service of worship for The British Caravanners Club’s National “Festival of Lanterns” event, which this year, took place on Heslaker Farm Field, near Carleton on Sunday 28th August. Despite the night before having a torrential […]

Annual Pilgrimage 2016

Saturday, 9th July It was good to welcome a good number of people this year who were new to the service, that is to say the Sprinkling service at the holy well, but great singing and plenty to eat after the liturgy. We were fortunate with the weather: with rain before and after, it was […]


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