District Diary


St Mary’s

On Sunday December 30 a benefice service of Holy Communion was held at 10am, conducted by the vicar, whose sermon was on the young Jesus, being lost and eventually found in the temple. The first lesson, from II Samuel, was read by Ellenor Bacon, the second, from Colossians, by Caroline Lester, and the Gospel from St Luke, by Ros O’Toole. Intercessions were led by Caroline Lester, and Michael Lester played the organ.

A Holy Communion service was held at the vicarage last Sunday at 8am. There was no other service until 6pm when the carol service, organised by Ros O’Toole, was held in a packed church. Readers were Ros O’Toole, Mike Goode, Audrey Berry, Peter Thompson and Theresa Readman. Intercessions were led by Caroline Lester. Usual congregational carols were sung, and there was a beautiful solo, ‘The Shepherd’s Lament’, sung by the vicar, and an offering from the St Mary’s Singers, ‘Sweet Christmas Bells’. Afterwards the congregation were served with tea and buns made by the ladies of the church.

This week there will be a Holy Communion service at 10am, conducted by the Rev Ros Walser. The Sunday School will be in attendance. In the afternoon there is to be a concert at 2pm, given by Vocal Expressions, a ladies choir from Holmfirth, who are staying at Cober Hill this week.


Table top

The next table top sale in aid of village hall funds will take place on Sunday January 20 from 2-4pm. Tables cost £6 and can be booked on 870706 (Mr Oulton).

Methodist church

New Year covenant communion services were held at all three services at Burniston Methodist Church last Sunday with one of the youngest children having is dedication service at the 11am. The church’s Away Day to be held at St Hilda’s, Ravenscar, will be taking place on Saturday February 2, to which all are invited.

Plans are beginning to emerge to enable another group of 20 plus teenagers and adults to go to South Africa as part of the Urban Saints Rebuild project in summer 2014. The fundraising car washes will soon begin, so watch this space!

The Seeds Cafe reopens this week for its usual times of Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, 10am-2pm.

Film night

A wide variety of films have been booked for screening in the village hall over the next few months, the first being ‘Woman in Black’ on Thursday January 24 at 7.30pm. The cost is £5 at the door.


Quiz night

There was a good attendance for the pre–Christmas quiz that was held in the sports club on Saturday December 22, with quiz master Alan Heelbeck, setting the usual challenging questions. The general quiz was won by ‘Ings Imps’, comprising of Ian, Matthew and Judy Bulman with Chris and Cathy Rawson. The prizes being two tins of chocolates and two bottles of wine.

Winners of the picture quiz, again for two tins of chocolates and two bottles of wine, were the ‘Willerby Wanderers’, including Claire Wharton with Tony and Helen Hill. Winner of the raffle and £5 was Nick Burgess but failed to call the cards for £100, as did Deborah Skelton for £80, Steve Halifax for £40, Nick Blanchard for £20, Sue Ridsdale for £10 and Sheridan Blowman for £5. The wrong keys to open the box were selected by Julie Jackson, Jack Pinder, Rachel Watson, and Cathy Rawson, but Ian Bulman was successful and was rewarded with a basket of fruit. Thanks were due to Sue Ridsdale for providing a lovely buffet supper.

Carol service

The annual carol service was held at St Peter’s Church on Sunday December 23. The readers were David Birdsall, Glynis Davies, Kath Stanforth, Ann Calam, John Archer, and Lesley Elliott. The welcome, bidding prayer and blessing were given by the Rev K Holding, the organist was Glynis Davies. Following the service, everyone present was invited to enjoy mulled wine and mince pies.


Parish council

The parish council’s first meeting of the New Year will be on Monday January 21. It takes place at Brompton Village Hall, starting at 7.35pm.

Church service

This Sunday, there will be an 11am Morning Prayer service at All Saints Church.

Gardening club

Brompton and District Gardening Club meet on Wednesday January 30 at Brompton Village Hall. Annual subscriptions may be paid in advance or at this meeting.

Safari supper

There will be a ‘St Valentine’s’ Safari Supper in Brompton on Saturday February 9. This is a week earlier than originally planned, as there were insufficient main course “host houses” available on February 16. Flyers which can be used for ticket application are being delivered in Brompton and Sawdon this week. Additional application forms will be available from Glaves Butchers, Forge Tea Rooms, and at the back of All Saints Church.

Ravenscar and Staintondale

History group

The speaker at the History group meeting on Tuesday will be Val Russell who will give a presentation showing examples from her considerable collection of old postcards of the Ravenscar and Staintondale area. The meeting is at 7.30pm in Staintondale Village Hall; refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

Parish council

The next meeting of Staintondale and Ravenscar Parish Council will be in Ravenscar Village Hall on Thursday January 17. There will be an opportunity near the beginning of the meeting for members of the public to raise non-agenda items. The agenda will be displayed on the usual notice boards, 
and also on the council website www.staintondalepc.org.uk.

Further information can be had from parish clerk Julia Marley via the website.

Church service

There will be a service of Morning Worship in St Hilda’s Church, Ravenscar, at 10.30am. It will be led by Ian Popely.

A concert is to be held in St Mary’s Church, Cloughton, on Sunday at 2pm by the Vocal Expressions Choir, a ladies choir from Holmfirth. All welcome.


Scalby wives

The new session of Scalby Wives began on Monday with a coffee evening which gave everyone a chance to catch up after the Christmas holidays. We enjoyed homemade cake provided by Sue Atwood and tea and coffee served by Kathleen Howson, Val Collier and Jan Milnes. Chris Wilson is our speaker next week and his topic will be the Cornfield Flowers Project.

Methodist church

The Sunday morning service at 10.30am will be led by the Rev Clare Stainsby, this service will include the Sacrament of Holy Communion. There will also be the ‘Second Sunday worship’ at 4.30pm and will also be led by the Rev Stainsby. The Coffee, Chat and Prayer session will re-commence on Tuesday at 11am following the Christmas break. This meeting is held on alternate Tuesday mornings at 11am and all are welcome to attend this fairly new informal meeting.

St Laurence’s

This Sunday’s services are 8am Holy Communion with the Rev Marion Wright, 10am Holy Communion with the Rev Alastair Ferneley. Bible Readings, children’s groups also re-start today. There is no 6.30pm evening service.

Monday: 2.30pm Barnabas Group Church Rooms, 7pm PCC meeting Church Rooms; Tuesday: 11am prayer meeting for Scalby churches and area at Scalby Methodist Church; Wednesday: 4pm All Age planning meeting at 3 East Park Road; Thursday January 17: 2.30pm prayer group at 16 Hall Park Grove, 7.30pm ACTS Church Rooms, 7.30pm Hand Bells Church Rooms, 7.30pm House Group – session 4 – ‘Caring for God’s Earth’ at 33 Newby Farm Road.

Stepney and Woodlands

Open event

There will be an open event on Thursday January 17 from 4-7pm for anyone leaving school this summer and wondering what to do next. There will be advice and guidance on the college’s full range of courses. For more information contact 0800 731 7410 or email enquiries@ycoastco.ac.uk.

Open evening

The college open evening will be on Wednesday February 13 from 6-7.30pm but you can apply now for new courses starting in September 2013 leading to a Childcare Diploma or BTEC in Performing Arts, Acting and Musical Theatre. For more information visit www.s6f.org.uk.

St Luke’s

The communion service for Epiphany last Sunday morning was led by the Rev Alastair Ferneley who preached on the thought that the Wise Men “went home by another route” and the need for us all be changed by our contact with Jesus. There will be a Family Communion service this Sunday at 10am led by the Rev David Pynn on the theme, ‘Where are we and where are we going?’ Everyone is welcome.