Feast of St Wilfrid 2010 50p
The Revd. Gary Waddington The Revd. John Thompson-Vear
Team Rector Team Vicar
St Wilfrid’s Rectory 23 Azerley Grove
51b Kent Road Harrogate
Harrogate HG3 2SY
HG1 2EU Tel: 01423 709432
Tel: 01423 503259 Email: email@example.com
The Revd. Tim Burrell Parish Office
Assistant Priest Mrs. Linda Harrison, Administrator
8 St Hilda’s Road Monday to Friday 09:30 to 12:30
Harrogate Tel: 01423 504629
HG2 8JY Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 01423 883832
Baptisms by appointment with the Parish Office
Confessions by appointment with the clergy
SERVICES AT ST WILFRID’S PARISH CHURCH
Sunday Sunday School meets during the 10am
6.00pm (Saturday) Vigil Mass Parish Mass (see back cover for
8.00am Mass contact)
10.00am Sung Parish Mass
Mass is celebrated daily:
Monday 7.30am Thursday 7.30am
Tuesday 7.30am Friday 7.30am
Wednesday 11.00am Saturday 8.30am
Evening Prayer (said): Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 5.00pm
Parish Website: www.stwilfrids-harrogate.co.uk
If there is anything in connection with St Wilfrid’s that you would like to see
incorporated or updated on our website, please contact the Parish Office.
FROM THE RECTORY
Dear friends in Christ,
As we begin the month of October, so we begin our Stewardship Campaign.
It would be easy for us to view this as nothing more than simply wanting us
to maintain what we have. Yet the heart of what we seek to achieve is not
maintenance, but mission.
A few weeks ago, I posed the question at the Parish mass, „where do we see
ourselves in 10 years time?‟ It‟s a very important idea to ponder. We are
each called by God, in the light of the Gospel and walking in the footsteps
of the saints to continually strive to build up his Kingdom. This charge you heard at my installation,
in the preface to the Declaration of Assent. Bishop John reminded us that we, you and I, are called
“to proclaim the faith afresh in every generation.”
It is now almost three months since you and I heard those words. Already, together, we have taken
steps to begin a process of moving forward as a parish. You have seen some alterations to the
Sunday liturgy, some new signage and layouts of service leaflets to aid communication. With the
stewardship campaign, we urgently seek to stabilise the finances of the parish, so that we can grow
and develop. Slowly, I am beginning to learn names and recognise faces, and have privately met with
most of the senior parish officers as well as some of the senior officers in the Diocese.
In all of this, I constantly return to the question of where will be in ten years time? Forgive me for
speaking plainly. We now face two major and crucial issues.
Firstly the financial questions which you will hear about in the stewardship campaign. This will be
about our day to day budget: providing what we should and looking to the future and what needs we
might have. Parallel to that is the enormous amount of work we will need to do to our buildings in
order to make them fit for the future. Roofs, electrics, organ, seating, hall, heating, lighting, the
restoration and renewal of all that we might seek to do, in a way which is fitting for God will, I
suspect cost somewhere in the region of £3million. If we do not do this, then you are already aware
that we will face a place of worship which we cannot afford to heat and light, will be understaffed,
and will be showing severe signs of wear and decay, a place built in the 1920s, but not fit for the
Secondly, we must honestly face that the numbers on our electoral roll are slowly beginning to
decline. The average age of those who attend church is very high. If we do not seek to reach out in
mission and renew our congregational life, then in those ten years we will see the 10am congregation
almost halve, the 8am congregation almost disappear, and in all likelihood the attendance at weekday
masses fall apart.
If we fail to address this, then in ten years time St Wilfrid‟s will be a church in decline, and ripe for
That‟s of course one picture. Yet there is a different picture, one which is equally as possible, one I
wish to share with you.
Firstly, in this vision, we look sacrificially at our giving. We not only stabilize our day to day
finances, but seek to improve them so that we can expand, in both depth and quality, all that we do.
We move quickly, but thoroughly, to strategically plan quality works that will make our buildings
sustainable for the future and improve this great resource for future generations. We seek
professional help to raise, through appeals and grant funding, the funds needed to execute that plan in
a timely manner.
We also open ourselves up and become more outward looking. We tell the story of all that God has
done and we search out in our parish, town, and world, for those who seek God. With love and
hospitality, we welcome them. They learn to walk with us, and we learn to walk with them. We
encourage young people and children to become part of the inheritance of faith we enjoy in this
place, and we see our congregation grow, deepen and develop. Each service sees growth, and the
work that we do, flowing from that life giving, life changing encounter with the risen Lord,
In this renewal St Wilfrid‟s is seen in this area, town and Diocese as a centre of excellence, mission
and activity. It is also a place where the depth and quality of each individual relationship with God is
lived out in holiness and joy. We become a parish confident in the future, living ready for the 2020s,
not stuck in the 1920s.
For me, there is no question as to which of these two pictures is more attractive. There is no question
as to which vision I seek to vigorously pursue with you and my colleagues lay and ordained in this
place during my incumbency. Yet to realise this vision, and avoid falling into the perils and pitfalls
of the first, then we must look honestly at all that we do and ask how can we renew ourselves within
the riches of the tradition we have received, so that we can face this future with confidence, not fear.
I know that for many of you, you rejoice in this confident vision, and my own expression of hope
that all this is within our capability if we seize the opportunities that God puts before us. I also fully
acknowledge that for some, to change, to seek to grow, to look outwards will bring times of
instability and irritation. I ask all of you to be assured that in my leadership, I seek the growth of the
kingdom in this place. As many of you heard me say not long after I began work here, we must all
understand that there are times when what we like, what suits us or is convenient, may not always be
that which God calls us to. We must all face at times things we might not personally like or enjoy,
but which help us to build up and grow that part of the kingdom entrusted to us. We must at times,
take risks in this endeavour, and be prepared to relinquish following too much the devices and
desires of our own hearts.
In the coming weeks, I will be explaining some changes that we will together begin to make. And
yes, there will be many more to come in time. Whether you approve or not, I ask you to remember
the question I pose, where will we be in 10 years time? Not where will I be, but where will we be?
What will be the inheritance we each leave for those, we pray who follow after us and how did each
of us work to secure that common vision? I pray that our vision will be one of confidence, renewal
and growth in the faith that has come to us from the Apostles. May we all have courage and hope to
pursue the joyful and life giving vision of God, to build lives of holiness, to reach out in mission and
love, and to build up this place for those we shall welcome, who in turn, we will have taught to pass
on the gift of faith to others.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Sun 3rd Oct STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY
10am Parish Mass followed by Stewardship Presentation
There are no other services today
Sat 9th Oct FRIENDS DAY
11am Mass followed by Lunch and AGM
Sun 10th Oct FEAST OF ST WILFRID OF RIPON
Services at the usual times
Thurs 14th Oct 7.30pm Mothers‟ Union
Fri 22nd – Sun 24th PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM
Sun 31st Oct ALL SAINTS
Services at usual times
Tues 2nd Nov ALL SOULS
7.30pm Requiem Mass
Sun 14th Nov REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY
9.45am Mass with Act of Remembrance at 11.00am
Sun 21st Nov 3pm Organ Recital by Graham Barber
STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN 2010
By the time you have received this issue of Network, our Stewardship
Campaign should be underway. All members of our worshipping
community and electoral roll are requested to make every effort to be
present at the launch of the campaign at the Parish Mass at 10am on
Sunday 3rd October at which there will be a presentation on the financial
situation in our parish. This is a day we must come together as a parish
(There will be no 8am Mass or evensong on that day, or vigil mass on the evening before).
WEEKDAY MASS ROTA
Day Date Mass Designation Cel Col Intention
Week Trinity 17 26th Week in Ordinary Time Year C DOWk2
Friday 1st 7.30am CW S Teresa of the Child JATV W Churchwardens
Saturday 2nd 8.30am CW Holy Guardian Angels GRW W Sidespeople
Week Trinity 18 27th Week in Ordinary Time Year C DOWk3
Sunday 3 See Sunday Rota Sheet G The Parish
Monday 4th 7.30am BCP S Francis of Assisi TGB W The Fransiscans
Tuesday 5th 7.30am CW Feria JATV G The Homeless
Wednesday 6 11.00am BCP Feria TGB P The Sick
Thursday 7th 7.30am BCP Feria JATV G Aid Agencies
Friday 8th 7.30am CW Feria GRW G Those denied medicine
Saturday 9th 8.30am Of our Lady GRW W The Friends of S Wilfrid
11.00am Of S Wilfrid W
Week Trinity 19 28th Week in Ordinary Time Year C DOWk4
Sunday 10th S WILFRID PATRONAL FESTIVAL W The Parish
Monday 11th 7.30am BCP S Ethelburga TGB W Child & Family Courts
Tuesday 12th 7.30am CW S Wilfrid W John, Bishop of Ripon &
Wednesday 13th 11.00am BCP S Edward the Confessor TGB W The Archbishops
Thursday 14th 7.30am BCP Feria JATV G Employers
Friday 15th 7.30am CW S Teresa of Jesus JATV W People of Spain
Saturday 16th 8.30am CW Feria TGB G Church Historians
Week Trinity 20 29th Week in Ordinary Time Year C DOWk1
Sunday 17th See Sunday Rota Sheet G The Parish
Monday 18th 7.30am BCP S Luke TGB R Diocesan Officers
Tuesday 19th 7.30am CW Feria TGB G Our Musicians
Wednesday 20th 11.00am BCP Feria TGB G Our MP
Thursday 21st 7.30am BCP Feria JATV G Magistrates
Friday 22nd 7.30am CW Feria JATV G Walsingham Pilgrimage
Saturday 23rd 8.30am CW Requiem JATV P The Dead
Week Trinity 21 30th Week in Ordinary Time Year C DOWk2
Sunday 24th See Sunday Rota Sheet G
Monday 25th 7.30am BCP Feria TGB G Local Councillors
Tuesday 26th 7.30am CW Ss Chad & Cedd GRW W S Chad‟s College, Durham
Wednesday 27th 11.00am BCP Feria TGB G The Rector
Thursday 28th 7.30am BCP Ss Simon & Jude JATV R Apostolic Faithfulness
Friday 29th 7.30am CW Feria JATV G Pensioners
Saturday 30th 8.30am CW Of Our Lady GRW W Ministry of Deliverance
Week ALL SAINTS Year C
Sunday 31st W The Parish
CHURCH IS GREAT!
Church is great! It gives you lots of opportunities to worship the
Lord and give Him thanks. We need to pray so that other things
don‟t take over our lives and we don‟t forget about God. It also
gives us a chance to have a peaceful calm place where everybody is
kind. Sometimes I light a candle afterwards so I can think about
people who have died or are ill. People put a lot of work into
organising the Church. People who serve and are in the choir do
such a great job. The Young Wilfs Sunday School is a great place
for young people to study the Lord's word in an educational way and
have fun. Afterwards it is good to see all your friends and to chat
and have a cup of tea. Lots of the children like to climb the trees
afterwards and talk about what happened this morning. When I go to Church I always think about
Jesus and the Holy Spirit and they are with me for the whole week. Everyone should tell their
friends to come and give it a try.
Alex Birch (age 10)
8TH HARROGATE GUIDES NEWS
2010 has been the Girlguiding UK Centenary year. As part of our celebrations we have been looking
for some unique experiences that the girls will remember for a lifetime.
On a Saturday in September a party of 48 of us from St Wilfrid‟s Brownies and Guides travelled to
Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham for a sleepover.
This proved to be a huge success with all the girls visiting the four zones of Air, Fire, Water and
Earth and experiencing one of the largest outdoor playgrounds in Europe and the fabulous Aqua Tek,
outdoor water playground.
The evening was taken up with a variety of crafts, games and campfire singing, with one Guide
declaring this to be the best bit as there was no chance for anyone to be bored!
It was an amazing two days, with the Magna staff being exceptionally helpful and providing us with
dinner, a cooked breakfast and drinks whenever we wanted them.
If anyone fancies a fun day out for children of any age, then we would certainly recommend Magna.
8th Harrogate Guides
NEW ALTAR CLOTHS
I have been making two new white
cloths for the High Altar. One is
perfectly plain: the idea is that when the linen of our beautiful Edwardian cloth finally wears out, we
can re-use the decorated parts by stitching them to the new plain cloth. The other I have
embroidered with designs relating to St Wilfrid.
At one end I have stitched a design of fish caught in a net, a reference to the story told by Bede: how
St Wilfrid saved the people of Selsey from starvation by teaching them to fish in the sea. At the
other end is a panoramic view of the church. An altar cloth is marked with five crosses, like the altar
itself: I have copied the design of the little stone quatrefoil in the steps up to the organ loft. This
piece of stone came from Kimberley in Norfolk – a piece of an ancient church embedded in a new
The technical problems of new embroidery are always interesting. Traditionally, these cloths are
made of linen, but that is now prohibitively expensive. However, we want this to last for another
hundred years, so the cotton fabric must be of good quality. The stitchwork itself must stand up to
being washed, starched and ironed, over and over again: so I used a strong twisted cotton thread, and
small stitches. The most nerve-racking moment was the cutting-out. I had to cut five metres of
cloth, exactly along a straight line. I was very glad when that was completed.
It is very difficult to photograph white embroidery on a white cloth. Michael Smith has spent some
fruitless hours trying to get a clear picture. So I include a sketch of the designs.
FRIENDS WEEKEND 2010
Our after lunch speaker this year is Patrick Bishop, a regular member of Saint Wilfrid‟s congregation
(and frequent contributor to Network). He is to speak on the subject “William Burgess, Architect
Extra-Ordinary to the Marquis of Ripon”.
Please do try to join us on the 2010 Friends‟ Day. We shall look forward to your being with us on
Saturday 9th October when we shall gather for Mass at 11am and then adjourn for a glass of wine,
lunch, Patrick‟s talk and then the AGM.
Please contact Jane Gill (Secretary) through the Parish Office for more information.
Stepping Stones @ Jennyfield
Christian Explorer Groups in St Wilfrid’s Parish.
All are most welcome to these informal and friendly House
Groups! These Groups will meet each month – please contact
Fr John (as below) for further details.
Wednesdays 6, 13 & 20 Oct 7.00pm Columbine Gv,
Killinghall Moor, Janet Thomas’ Wednesday Group looking at
Monday 11 Oct 7.00pm Orchid Way, Killinghall Moor,
looking at St Mark’s Gospel – with Fr John
Thursday 28 Oct 7.30pm, Bramham Drive, Jennyfield, using
Bp Tom Wright’s Living Faith video and discussion course – Fr
Tony Callan-Travis & Fr John
Fr John Thompson-Vear 01423 709132 email@example.com
THE MISSIONARY SOCIETY OF ST WILFRID AND ST HILDA
A statement was recently issued on behalf of the Bishops of Chichester, Gibraltar in Europe,
Beverley, Burnley, Edmonton, Horsham, Plymouth, Pontefract, Bishop Lindsay Urwin OGS and
others regarding the formation of a new Missionary Society for Catholic Christians within the
Church of England. This is an edited version of that statement.
Anglican Catholic bishops have announced that in addition to the provision of an Ordinariate offered
recently by Pope Benedict there is to be a new Society (of St Wilfrid and St Hilda) for bishops,
clergy, religious and laity in order to provide a place within the Church of England where Catholics
can worship and minister with integrity without accepting innovations that further distance the
Church of England from the greater churches of the East and West.
At two upbeat gatherings this week of over 600 clergy and religious from the northern and southern
provinces of the Church of England, there was unanimous condemnation of proposed legislation to
allow the ordination of women as bishops that will soon go to the dioceses for discussion, debate and
The unveiling of The Missionary Society of St Wilfrid and St Hilda reflects a determination not to
accept a Code of Practice as currently suggested by the General Synod but to work for and create a
more realistic approach which allows the integrity of those who cannot accept this innovation to be
preserved, to flourish and grow within the Church of England. This development represents a
constructive initiative on the part of those who cannot accept the innovations proposed in legislation
and who are hurt and frustrated by the General Synod‟s inability to provide for their theological
The Society has been named after two English saints with a passion for the unity of the church and is
expected to attract thousands of members. It was quite clear during the gatherings that many wish to
remain loyal to the comprehensive nature (within the confines) of the Church of England despite the
legislation and are unlikely to join the Ordinariate at least in the foreseeable future.
As with the Ordinariate further details about the Society and its life will emerge in the comings
months. In the meantime a group has been asked to do some theological reflection about the identity
of the Society, its common life and the way it might have the potential for ecumenical dialogue
directed towards the goal of full visible communion with the rest of the Church catholic, both
Eastern and Western.
The meetings were called by catholic bishops to allow those with concerns about the future to
consult together. The gatherings were united in their concern about the disastrous implications the
proposals will have for the cause of Christian unity with the Church both East and West and for the
genuine comprehensiveness of the Church of England should the legislation pass. However it was
clear that participants at the conferences are likely to take divergent paths in the future. But all are
committed to a “parting of friends” and the maintaining of the closest possible relationship.
The Bishop of Plymouth, John Ford, on behalf of the Catholic bishops, said today: “It was greeted
with utter incredulity that this debate should be allowed without any clarity concerning the promised
provision for those unable to accept this innovation.
This development represents a constructive initiative on the part of those who cannot accept the
innovations proposed in legislation and who are hurt and frustrated by the General Synod‟s inability
to provide for their theological position.
The Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, published on 4th November 2009, was
positively commended to the Sacred Synod of Anglican priests from the Southern Province, meeting
at Westminster on 24th September, 2010. The Apostolic Constitution offers Anglo Catholics the way
to full communion with the Catholic Church for which they have worked and prayed for at least a
century and it is a way in which they will be „united and not absorbed‟. Pope Benedict spoke
warmly about the Apostolic Constitution when he addressed a meeting of Catholic bishops at Oscott
College, on 19th September 2010, during his recent State Visit to the United Kingdom. He set the
offer firmly within the developing ecumenical dialogue when he described it as „a prophetic gesture
that can contribute positively to developing relations between Anglicans and Catholics‟. This, then,
is an exciting initiative for those for whom the vision of ARCIC of corporate union has shaped their
thinking over recent years.
The crucial issue is the ministry of the Pope himself, as the successor of St Peter. Anglicans who
accept that ministry as it is presently exercised will want to respond warmly to the Apostolic
Constitution. Those who do not accept the ministry of the Pope or would want to see that ministry in
different ways will not feel able to accept Anglicanorum Coetibus. The decision to respond to the
provisions of the Apostolic Constitution is not dependent on the decisions of the General Synod or
on any particular issue of church order. The initiative should be judged on its own merit. It will
require courage, and vision on the part of those who accept the invitation, particularly amongst the
first to respond. Although there are few practical details at present in the public forum, discussions
have already been taking place as to how the vision of the Apostolic Constitution can be
implemented. It is expected that the first groups will be small congregations, energetically
committed to mission and evangelism and serving the neighbourhood in which they are set.
To join the new society on line, visit their website www.sswsh.com. There are also application forms
on the table at the back of church.
REVEREND LAURENCE STERNE, VICAR OF COXWOLD
Clinging to a short hillside, some thirty miles east of Harrogate lies the picturesque village of
Coxwold. A collection of fascinating domestic buildings fronting a steep grass verged main street
and dominated by the hexagonal tower of a perpendicular church of great charm. A visit to this
village is well worth your consideration if sufficient of the summer remains and you have still got the
The history of the colourful life of the most famous of its incumbents makes the exploration of this
church a fascinating experience. His name was Laurence Sterne; cleric, dilettante and man of letters,
best remembered as author of a book entitled “Tristram Shandy” which was to shock the 18th
century establishment and cause some disapproval among the higher echelons of the Church at the
Sterne‟s reputation as a preacher caused Coxwold church to be enlarged to accommodate the
increase in his congregation, which ensued due to his preaching and success as a writer. It was also
noted that Reverend Sterne was seen frequenting the less desirable coffee houses of York and mixing
in highly dubious company! During his term as Coxwold‟s vicar, he built for himself an eccentric
vicarage not far from the church and gave it the grandiose title of “Shandy Hall”. This building is
open to the public during the summer months.
After his reign at Coxwold, Sterne was to move south to pursue an eventful life, which ended from
his death from tuberculosis in March 1768. He was buried in an overflow graveyard at St George‟s,
Hanover Square in London. Grave robbery was rife at that time so his earthly remains were left
guarded by a large mastiff dog to deter potential offenders.
From here on the account becomes more than slightly bizarre – not only were the remains taken but
also the dog! Within two days, Sterne‟s body appeared on the dissecting table at a public anatomy
lecture at Cambridge University. A member of the audience, recognising the body of his friend
brought the demonstration to a speedy conclusion, but not before a hole had been trepanned in the
skull of the cadaver (incidentally vital for later identification). The remains were spirited away to
London and reinterred. There they were to lay for 200 years.
In 1968 this section of St George‟s graveyard was sold for development and its contents exhumed,
including all that was left of the late worthy vicar of Coxwold.
It was decided that a final resting place for all that remained of Reverend Laurence Sterne would
appropriately be Coxwold churchyard where a suitable memorial funeral service could take place.
The transport of these remains was put into the care of British Railways along with a case of port
supplied by Crofts, the wine shippers – which it was supposed would add an air of conviviality to the
celebration of his life and works.
The year was 1968. A Crowd of clerics and literary worthies assembled at the church, headed by
Canon Cant then chancellor of York Minster. After a long wait amid the carved tombs of Grinling
Gibbons, the assembled company received a message to say that British Railways had misdelivered
the awaited remains to darkest Wales, along with the case of port as they were unacquainted with the
geographical location of Coxwold!
The worthy congregation largely dispersed, except for a handful of die-hards who stayed on to greet
the late arrival of the consignment and see to its decent interment of the church and lift their spirits
with the accompanying alcohol!
This, and many other stories add diversity to the many attractions of church exploration.
Churchmouse (Patrick Bishop)
THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER
The Book of Common Prayer is still in use after hundreds of years and greatly loved by many of the
faithful. To many youngsters, its archaic language makes it incomprehensible. To the more mature
churchgoers, long familiar with its poetic beauty, it is an old friend. The following extract from a
Victorian copy of the North British Review is an example of a 19th century enthusiasm at its most
“The Book of Common Prayer is the very kernel of the Church of England. The liturgy has probably
no rival in the affections of the English Nation.
The exquisite beauty and majesty of its language, the simplicity and dignity of its ritual, the richness
and sweetness of its melody, the touching harmony of its cadences, the depth, warmth and duration
of its devotional spirit, have for aye soothed the feelings, stimulated the piety, and earned the
reverence of a great and religious people.
We cannot but wonder at the exhibition of such phenomena! The liturgy is the precious tradition of
the religious feeling and most exalted aspirations of many centuries of Christianity. All that the most
saintly men under every circumstance of human life and human emotion have felt in the depth of
their soul, and poured forth to the God of their adoration, all that the bitterness of the keenest
penitence, or the resignation of the profoundest suffering, or the fervour of Christian hope or the
exultation of triumphant faith, or the submission of the sincerest humility, or the intensity of the most
earnest prayers has conceived and uttered is here treasured up for the sustaining of Christian life
and perpetuating of Christian feeling during unnumbered generations.”
An organ recital by Graham Barber will take place at St Wilfrid‟s on Sunday 21st November at 3pm.
This recital is organised by Harrogate Ladies College and the proceeds will be shared between the
college and St Wilfrid‟s Restoration Fund. Graham is organist at St Bartholomew‟s Parish Church,
Armley in Leeds.
A PRÉCIS OF THE PCC MEETING
HELD ON 6TH SEPTEMBER 2010
FR GARY‟S INTRODUCTION AND OPENING REMARKS: Fr Gary was
welcomed to his first PCC meeting. He thanked especially the PCC officers for their work during the
interregnum. He then outlined his plans for early changes. A small group will work with him on the
parish development plan. Early changes would include consultation about the times of services. At
the vote the PCC gave him their support to make any changes.
CHURCH ROOF REPAIRS: A faculty had now been granted. Specification for the work was now
out for tender. Repairs expected to start in October.
CHURCH ELECTRICS: This work had temporarily stalled until DAC clearance is given.
CHURCHYARD EXPENSES: A report to the Standing Committee had looked at the options to
reduce costs. It was agreed to continue with the existing arrangements, as these were the most cost
effective at this time.
CHURCH AND CHURCH HALL HEATING: A report by a heating consultant had been discussed.
Further work commissioned for the church steering group to take this forward.
FINANCE: Mr Wilson provided an income/expenditure report and a separate report for the church
hall. For the first eight months, income was trailing expenditure by £25,000. An end of year outturn
still looked likely to have a deficit in the order of £35,000. On the hall lettings, this showed overall a
slight loss to date but this included costs for the safe removal of asbestos found recently.
PARISH SHARE: Following detailed and full discussion, it was agreed at the vote that this Parish
will pay its share in full for this year.
STEWARDSHIP: A summary paper was received outlining plans for the campaign. A launch date
of Sunday 3rd October was agreed.
PCC SUB-COMMITTEES: A paper summarising a review of PCC Sub-Committees was received.
At the vote: The existing terms of reference and lay membership will remain but these will need to
change after the next PCC APM. In the short term, Fr Gary may make some changes to clergy
EXTERNAL CHURCH NOTICE BOARD: A paper from Fr Gary outlining plans to update the
notice board was received and discussed. He will bring a full proposal to the PCC in due course.
PROTOCOL ON VISITORS AT PCC MEETINGS: Following discussion, the existing protocol
adopted by this PCC is to remain.
FIRE AND HEALTH AND SAFETY: Two issues reported by Mrs Morris. Fire extinguishers are
due for inspection and arrangements made for this. Warning notice and bollards are to remain in
place at the car parking area outside the Parish Office to alert people about potential tile slippage
from the roof.
Date of next PCC meeting: Monday 8th November 2010
Date of next Standing Committee Meeting: Thursday 7th October 2010
RECIEPTS AND PAYMENTS ACCOUNT
The number of organists available to play for the Vigil Mass is now down to three. If anyone feels
that he/she could play occasionally for a service, please don't be shy about coming forward. I can be
contacted through the Parish Office, or on 01423 536064, or firstname.lastname@example.org
FRANCES DARLINGTON DAY
On the afternoon of Sunday 29th August, Louise Marchal gave us
an interesting talk on the life of her great-great aunt, Frances
Darlington. Frances‟ work includes the Darlington Panels in the
Nave. The proposed St Wilfrid‟s restoration project will include
the restoration of the panels and the Friends Committee has
agreed to contribute towards their refurbishment. New Christmas
Cards, featuring Frances‟ work are now on sale in the Parish Hall
after the Parish Mass. Please see the order form towards the end
of this issue for the available designs.
THERE ARE 30 BOOKS OF THE BIBLE IN THIS ARTICLE…
CAN YOU FIND THEM?
This is a most remarkable puzzle. It was found by a gentleman in an airplane seat pocket, on a flight
from Los Angeles to Honolulu, keeping him occupied for hours. He enjoyed it so much; he passed it
on to some friends. One friend from Illinois
worked on this while fishing from his johnboat. Another friend studied while playing his banjo.
Elaine Taylor, a columnist friend, was so intrigued by it she mentioned it in her weekly newspaper
column. Another friend judges the job of solving this puzzle so
involving; she brews a cup of tea to help her nerves.
There will be some names that are really easy to spot. That's a fact. Some people however will soon
find themselves in a jam, especially since the book names are not necessarily capitalized. Truthfully,
from answers we get, we are forced to admit it usually takes a minister or scholar to see some of
them at the worst. Research has shown that something in our genes is responsible for the difficulty
we have in seeing the books in this paragraph. During a recent fund raising event, which featured this
puzzle, the Alpha Delta Phi lemonade booth set a new sales record.
The local paper, The Chronicle, surveyed over 200 patrons who reported that this puzzle was one of
the most difficult they had ever seen. As Daniel Humana humbly puts it, "the books are all right
there in plain view, hidden from sight."
Those able to find all of them will hear great lamentations from those who have to be shown. One
revelation that may help is that books like Timothy and Samuel may occur without their numbers.
Also, keep in mind that punctuation and spaces in the middle are normal. A chipper attitude will help
you compete really well against those who claim to know the answers. Remember, there is no need
for a mad exodus, there really are 30 books of the Bible lurking somewhere in this paragraph waiting
to be found.
SUMMONED BY BELLS
Worshippers at St Wilfrid‟s will be familiar with the ringing of the Sanctus bell at Mass, at the
Elevation of the Host and Chalice, proclaiming our Lord‟s real presence in the most Holy Sacrament
of the Altar to the parish. St Wilfrid‟s also to has a ring of eight bells in the central tower, rung to call
the faithful to worship and also rung on special occasions such as weddings. On these bells the
traditional art of Change Ringing is practiced.
Bells have been used in Christian worship since the
5th century, though the uniquely English practice of
change ringing did not evolve until the 16th century.
This was greatly influenced by the emerging of
ringing societies, in cities such as London, Norwich,
Oxford and Cambridge, which pioneered new ways of
ringing. Bells equipped for change ringing do not
swing-chime (like our Sanctus bell) but ring full
circle. The ringer pulls on the „sally‟ on the bell rope
and lets go and the bell turns full circle one way and
strikes (known as handstroke). The ringer then pulls
the rope down on the tail end and the bell turns full
circle the other way, striking on the opposite side of
the bell (known as backstroke). Ringing the bell in this fashion brings out musical qualities in the
bell as well as giving the ringers more opportunity to perfect their striking. Learning to control the
bell safely and master good striking requires instruction from experienced ringers and plenty of
practice – it‟s just like learning to ride a bike!
Ringing the changes is not playing tunes, but patterns of permutations of all eight notes of the octave.
Ringing begins with „rounds‟ – the descending musical scale 12345678 and then the order of the
bells may change, perhaps into „Queens‟ 13572468 or „Tittums‟ 15263748. There are also methods
for continually shuffling the order of that the bells ring: Some being simple such as Plain Bob
(frequently rung at St Wilfrid‟s) and others being more advanced such as Cambridge Surprise (very
infrequently rung here). There are 5040 changes on 7 bells with the 8th in the last place. It takes about
2½ hours to ring all such changes on our bells – known as a full peal.
At St Wilfrid‟s we ring the bells before the Parish Mass, between 9.30am and 10am. Unfortunately
we do not have a full band so it is very rare to hear all eight bells ring on Sunday morning these
days! We have often struggled with as few as three ringers on several Sundays during the holiday
season, thereby considerably restricting our repertoire! Many of members of our regular band are
also members of our worshipping community and we are very grateful for the support of several
members of St Peter‟s band who regularly ring with us.
We always welcome anyone who is interesting to learn to
ring. One doesn‟t necessarily have to be strong (our bells
are not heavy compared with those in other churches) or
be an accomplished musician to be a ringer, but must be
committed to serving the church in this unique way.
Being able to climb the 83 steps to the belfry does indeed
help! If you are interested in finding out more about
ringing, interested in learning or even a lapsed bell ringer
interested in joining us, please speak to me or Mike
Woodhall (our tower captain), or come to our practices
between 7pm and 9pm on Wednesday evenings.
The photographs show our bells following their refurbishment last year and current and past
members of St Wilfrid’s and St Peter’s bands taken in Kirklington on a bell-ringers’ outing a few
Harrogate Bell-ringers will be holding a jumble sale at 11am on Saturday 30th October in the Scout
Hut, St Mary‟s Walk. The proceeds are used to maintain the bells of St Wilfrid‟s, St Peter‟s and
Offers of saleable jumble are requested. Please contact Hannah (564942) or Penny (543529) to
BARN DANCE IN AID OF SCOPE
Also on the evening of 30th October... our bell ringers will be holding a barn dance and „Pie and pea‟
supper in St Wilfrid‟s Parish Hall to raise funds for Scope, a national charity that supports people
with cerebral palsy and their families. Tickets cost £5 and are available from Penny Bell on (01423)
FROM THE REGISTERS
Holy Baptism Holy Matriomony
August Alexander Lucas Jones August John Alexander Dunsford
Louis Lorenzo Mansoori-Dara and Carolina Hermosa Suarez
Maria Kate Van Zeller John Stephen Askins
and Alison Sarah Paley
Ewan James MacDonald
September Olivia Emilie Charlton September Peter Nigel Robinson and
Isabel Poppy Foulkes Estelle Marcia Rodney
Sophie Louise May James Ross Preston
Scarlett Isabel Newall and Nina Louise Kennedy
MOTHERS’ UNION NEWS
The number of members in our branch of the Mothers' Union has sadly fallen, to the point where we
shall have to ask ourselves whether we are still a viable unit.
In the hope of raising the profile of MU, and attracting more members, we are delighted to welcome
the Diocesan preside, Mrs Carolyn Peuleve, who will come to the meeting on 14 October at 7.30pm
in the Parish Room, to talk about the work of the Worldwide Mothers' Union. If you think that MU
is a cosy group of old ladies, you may get a surprise! She will also talk on possible ways forward for
our own branch.
All visitors will be very welcome, especially members of other branches, and if there are any former
members who find that they have the time to take up membership again, we shall be very pleased.
If you would like to know more about the work of the Mothers' Union, do look for their magazine
Families First, which is often available in church to be borrowed and returned, and try the website
CALLING ALL WRITERS!
Your quarterly parish magazine, Network has now been in print for almost a year now, since its
relaunch at the beginning of February. We hope to issue bi-monthly from now on, given the interest
we have had from all parts of our church community.
While we are always happy to publish news from organisations and advertise events, we are keen to
print more lengthy articles that would be of general interest to members of St Wilfrid‟s. Perhaps you
may wish to share your experiences of your faith with us, write about a hobby which has connections
with the Church (the article by Churchmouse in this issue being a good example) or even try your
hand at creative writing!
If you are interested in writing for Network or wish to submit news or advertise local services, please
contact me on email email@example.com or by telephone 566320 (we accept hand-written
articles if you don‟t have a computer!) We hope to have the next issue available on the first Sunday
of December. Last dates for submissions will be printed in the weekly newsletter.
Editor of Network