A busy time ahead for our village churches

Both of our village churches are going to be busy over the next few months.   Here is a short summary of special services happening in Bishop Monkton so you can put the dates in your diary:

Sunday 2nd December 6.00pm  Joint Advent Sunday Evensong
Sunday 16th December 7.00pm  Bishop Monkton Carol Service
Monday 24th December 4.00pm  Nativity Service
Monday 24th December 11.30pm  Joint Midnight Eucharist
Tuesday 25th December 10.30am  Joint All Age Communion in Burton Leonard
Sunday 30th December 10.30am  Joint Eucharist Service


The Church was alive with the sound of many instruments and voices

On behalf of the church and audience I would like to thank Georgina Wells for organising and co-ordinating the concert/ musical soirée in the church on Thursday, July 12. The church was packed and lively and we were really treated to a joyful evening (writes Sue Hargreaves). 

Without exception everyone was enthralled and in total admiration of the extremely talented young musicians and vocalists who participated. I can’t imagine the church looking more beautiful with five harps, in the performance area. 

Some children and their parents had travelled many miles to perform.  We were treated to excellent performances by all ability musicians. There were solos on harp, violin, saxophone and clarinet. One performer expressed her grateful thanks on behalf of the young participants, and said it was a real but rare opportunity for them to perform in public. 

The three young tenors were confident and made a wonderful sound, demonstrating how wonderful the church acoustics are. What a treat! In two halves, there was an interval with delicious canapés, refreshments, with wine and soft drinks. Some took their refreshments outside. 

There was a retiring collection and I would like to thank everyone for the generosity of their gifts. A total exceeding £250 was donated.


A delightul evening of Flowers and Fizz


Top picture shows Bob and Peter with some of the wonderful floral arrangements and below are two close-ups of Bob's work.

The Flowers and Fizz Evening was a big success with over 70 people attending and some wonderful flower arrangements were produced by Bob Forbes of Oasis Florists Ripon assisted by Peter.

As well as alcoholic fizz to drink there was a popular and unusual non-alcoholic drink available called "St Clements" made up of equal parts orange juice and sparkling bitter lemon, mixed together. Savoury and sweet scones accompanied the drinks and were very tasty.

During the evening raffle tickets were sold to the audience and at the end of the evening Bob raffled all his flower arrangements to the lucky winners! It was a very enjoyable, informative and amusing evening as Bob entertained the audience with many tales.;

Over £474 was raised for St John Baptist Parish Church funds - a great result. Thanks to all who supported this event.


Next coffee and Cake Mornings 

The next Coffee and Cake Morning  will be on Friday, December 7  at the Parish Church from 9 45am to 12 noon. The School Choir will be performing. Theme:  Christmas.  Everyone welcome..


Other forthcoming events

Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8  - Christmas Tree Festival 2018 with Festival Café  at  Bishop Monkton Parish Church  


Friday, December 14 -   Cheese & Wine Evening at Hall Farm by kind permission of Jennifer and Ken Barker.