9th September 2018 10am Morning Worship, Dan and Ruth Bavington of Giggleswick. Followed by refreshments in Rathmell Reading Room.
23rd September 2018 10am Holy Communion, Revd. Timothy Fox. Followed by refreshments in Rathmell Reading Room.
14th October 2018 10am Harvest Festival, Claire Oldfield from Slaidburn. Followed by Auction of produce. Lunch in the Reading Room.
28th October 2018 No Service at Rathmell. We are all invited to a joint three Parish Service at Holy Ascension, Settle. Dedication Sunday with Bishop Helen Ann, Area Bishop of Ripon to celebrate Ascension 180 years.
After six years Hilary is leaving us to go and be a Parish Priest in the Ely Diocese. I know she is sad to be leaving us but the move takes them closer to family.
I know this announcement will come as a complete surprise to most of you, these things are never comfortable, and I apologise for that. I do want you all to know how much I love these parishes and will miss being here when we move (which is not quite yet but will seem soon enough). I hope, pray and believe we shall all work well in the intervening time to make the transition to vacancy and beyond as good as it can be, I will be doing my part in that to the best of my ability.
I look forward to the next phase of ministry for me, in the Ely Diocese, with excitement and some trepidation. I leave here with sadness as our move south takes us away from friends here as it takes us closer to family, as Norman and I need to be at this stage in our lives. But in both leaving and arriving I am confident in the God who calls us into service and community, and that ‘All shall be well’. Please pray with me ‘Your Kingdom come’ for both these parishes as I leave and those in Ely as I prepare to minister there.
Hilary’s final Service is at Rathmell on June 24th at 10am followed by refreshments in the Reading Room, you all welcome to the Service and to the Reading Room after. If you would like to contribute towards a leaving gift for Hilary and Norman please give your contribution to me or any of the Church PCC members.
There will also be a joint leaving do for all 3 parishes on Sunday 1st July 2018, details to follow.
The Wigglesworth craft group have volunteered to renovate the church kneelers, and we are looking for volunteers to sponsor them – cost for kit including wool is £15, and you can put a brass plaque on the bottom with your name on, your family name or in memory of a loved one etc. The ideas are taken from the stained glass windows in church. They are worked in cross stitch on 8 count canvas.
Please contact Sue Shepherd 01729 840620
UPDATE ON HOLY TRINITY HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND APPEAL
A very grateful thank you to everyone who has responded to our call for help in securing the future of Holy Trinity. The result from current fundraising activities and donations has been amazing. You have cycled, walked, run, baked, made mice for the Courtyard Cheese Shop, given and sold all sorts of Lots in an Auction of Promises, attended BBQ’s and the annual Nosh & Natter, made bookmarks and are now producing tapestry covers for the church kneelers. All this, in addition to the extremely generous donations from so many people who are determined to keep this very precious centre open.
To qualify for the second round of this Heritage Lottery Fund grant we had to raise 20% of the originally estimated project cost of £200,000. To date the monies raised through these activities has risen in excess of £20,000. We can also recover some of the VAT under the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme which we can use towards our contribution of 20%. Expenditure so far has included payments for a bat and asbestos survey, drain and tower inspections and also fees to the authorised architect.
However, since starting this fund raising exercise, the goal posts have been changed and in addition to the original work we have been told that the Tower now is in need of considerable structural repair. We have received three tenders to undertake all repair work and they are massively over the budget from the HLF Grant and our general funds. In view of this, plans have been re-examined and we have to amend and prioritise the scale of work we can now afford due to the financial restraints now in place. This has been done in conjunction with Historic England (English Heritage) who are the advisors for HLF. We are obliged by the condition of the grant to do the most urgent work first.
This means that we will be able only to carry out repairs to the roofs, vestry and install a new heating system. As explained earlier, at the moment, we are not in a financial position to undertake any work on the three windows that are in a vulnerable condition. Such work will be carried out at a later date, either from existing funds or following an approach for further grants to help with these repairs. Also a further application will need to be made to secure funds for the unexpected work on the Tower.
We will hear in early March if we have been successful with our 2nd round application to secure funds of £150,000 from hlf. We hope this brings you up to date with progress so far. We will let everyone know when there is any more news and the work is ready to start.
Once again, a big thank you to everyone who has responded to our call for help in saving Holy Trinity. This little Church was built on the goodwill and generosity of the local community and the current generation is working hard to make sure that it will be here to serve the villages of Rathmell and Wigglesworth for at least another 100 years.