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SPIRE

JULY 2021 JOURNAL OF HESSLE PARISH CHURCH

John’s Jottings

As I write we are waiting to see if the pandemic restrictions will be lifted on June 21st. The ‘Delta’ variant has caused uncertainty as infection rates rise again, and we are caused to wonder whether the coming months will bring greater freedom or yet another variety of lockdown. At All Saints we have been cautiously moving back towards a pattern of services in church with the return of our 10 am Eucharist on Sundays and occasional 8.00 am services. It has also been a joy to welcome our Vicar Gemma Turner back after her battle with Covid. Gemma has also returned to our online services, July 2021

which continue thanks to sterling work by Carol Tetley keeping us organised and Graham Marshall working wonders in the technical and creative department. It has been a joy to work with Gemma, Carol and Philip in maintaining our worship offering. Thanks also to all who have contributed to over a year of online worship. I guess that it is a sign of our adjustment to change that we are taking talk of ‘Delta variants’, Zoom meetings and online web pages in our stride, and it is debateable what ‘normal’ will be when and if we return to it. Many are saying that the pandemic has forced us to confront the need for change a few years earlier than we might have had to. At any rate the Diocese of York is asking churches to think hard about the future. The Bishop of Whitby is leading a ‘Living Christ’s Story Consultation’ to discuss the future organisation and resourcing of the churches in our Diocese. This will involve consultation with our ministerial teams and the parochial Church Councils of our churches during the coming months. Meanwhile we are grappling with our calling to live Christ’s Page 1


story in our present day with all its uncertainties. I am reminded of the group of disciples who followed Jesus through the dramatic events of his ministry. They put their trust in their Lord and learned to live by faith as events unfolded. In a sense they lived provisionally, responding to each change and challenge with

as much grace and good spirit as possible. It was with this lively and adaptive kind of faith that the Lord built his Church. We are called to live with the same responsiveness in our time. With my prayers and good wishes John Walker

To the Saints of the Diocese of York

second phase of the consultation to begin. Each PCC will be encouraged to think about how the vision can be implemented at a local level and what factors might be significant. It’s not an easy task, but it is an important one. In his letter to the Philippians, St Paul talked about the joys of shared ministry and his faith that with Christ’s help, ‘good works’ would be completed. We all know that the last year has been particularly challenging; Covid restrictions have limited what we’ve been able to do, affected our finances and thrown up all sorts of questions about how to worship together and how we can continue to serve our communities. But out of that has come creativity and new initiatives. All sorts of good things are happening in the Diocese of York and we want to hear about them, as well as listening to the things that you identify as needing to change. Together, sharing in God’s grace, we can all become the missionary disciples described by St Paul as ‘the saints in Christ Jesus’, overflowing with love for God and the world. We

The Archdeacon of Cleveland, the Ven Dr Amanda Bloor, writes: Earlier this year, Archbishop Stephen launched our refreshed Diocesan vision, ‘Living Christ’s Story’, and asked us to begin considering how we can re-shape our approach to mission and ministry in the Diocese in order to be ‘a joyful Church of missionary disciples.’ Deanery Leadership Teams have submitted their thoughts on that question and now it’s time for the Page  2

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want to ‘reach, grow and transform’ and in and through that, to become more like Christ. It’s an exciting prospect and we need your help to do that. ‘I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers

for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.’ (Philippians 1:3-6) Amanda Bloor

Passion and Commitment

Diocesan Leadership Team he will be responsible for shaping and directing support for mission and ministry across the whole Diocese. Ian's appointment follows the Revd Richard White's move to parish ministry in Hull and the retirement in August of the Revd Dr Gavin Wakefield as Director of Training. “It is fantastic news that Ian is coming to join us in the Diocese of York,” said Archbishop Stephen. “His skills in leadership and formation and his experience of a wide variety of ministry contexts will be great assets to us as he takes up this hugely significant role as Director of Mission and Ministry. I pray with confidence that through Ian's ministry God will build up his people and enable us to build on the work that has been done here over many years, so that ministry continues to flourish, serving and growing churches of missionary disciples.” Ian said, "I am hugely delighted to be coming to the Diocese of York and to join with you as we live out Christ's story. Encouraging and enabling others to be disciples of Christ has been a passion and commitment of mine and I look

“Through Ian's ministry God will build up his people…” The Revd Dr Ian McIntosh, currently Head of Formation in the Church of England's National Ministry Team, is coming to be Director of Mission and Ministry in the Diocese of York from September 2021. Ian will lead a reshaped Mission and Ministry Team, drawing together the work of York School of Ministry, the Diocesan Vocations Network and the Training Team with that of the Multiply and Mustard Seed programmes. As a member of the July 2021

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forward to working with you in discovering all that God is doing across the Diocese. “I have been particularly drawn to work in a Diocese which is plainly committed both to helping us all to flourish and to seek new ways to reach others and to grow. I look forward to getting to know you, the people and places of this Diocese.” • Ian McIntosh was born in North London and after University spent a year working as a volunteer in a church in inner city Manchester. From there he went to train for ordination in Bristol where he met his wife Nicola. • Ian and Nicola were ordained deacons in 1990 and served curacies in adjacent parishes in the suburbs of London before moving to Leicester where Ian was a University Chaplain and co-ordinator of Reader training.

• They moved to North Bedfordshire to share ministry in three villages during which time Ian was also Rural Dean. In 2006, Ian became Director of Studies with the Eastern Region Ministry Course and a year later was appointed Principal. He moved to his current role as Head of Formation in the Church of England's National Ministry Team in 2015. For the last ten years, Ian has also been an Associate Minister at St Andrew's Bedford. Nicola has recently been both a hospital and hospice chaplain and they have two adult sons. Ian enjoys novel reading, eating meals with friends and rowing. • Ian supports Spurs, for reasons best known to himself, but may follow a very good precedent in adopting a local club when they move north.

100 Club Winning Numbers June 1st Prize: £70 – No. 100 2nd Prize: £35 – No.90 3rd Prize: £21 – No. 75 Many thanks to all who have supported this in 2019/2020 and we wish you good luck in the next twelve months. Thanks, Christine, Penny and Linda

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Connecting Classroom Project

Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production. We are thinking of ways to reduce, reuse and recycle more, in school, at home and in the community. We are also planting some fruits and vegetables and learning how to take care of them. So far we have started to get some of the planting beds ready; we have planted a few seeds; we have planted 4 fruit trees; and we have been on a Zoom Meeting to see what the other schools in our Trust have been doing. We are most looking forward to seeing what our partner schools are growing; watching our trees and plants grow; sharing photographs and videos with our partner schools; and recycling more in school. If we all do a little bit, together we can make a difference. All Saints’ CE Federation Global Champions.

Hessle Scarecrow Trail

church. In normal times we would have liked the church to be open so we could show visitors around. Then one day I got a call from Elaine Wright asking the same question. We then put our heads together and thought who might make the scarecrow for us. “Telephone call to Chris Giles”, I thought, and she agreed. Then followed the next question: what character do we do? Brainstorm ideas together, then the lightbulb moment: what about a vicar? We needed to ask Gemma if she was OK with her face going on

All Saints’ CE Federation of Academies is partnered with two schools in Sierra Leone, Africa. We have recently started a global project with 10 other schools in the Ebor Academy Trust, along with all of our partner schools in Sierra Leone. The project aims to raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Global Goals. We have chosen to work on Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. We are planting trees in our school grounds, and the schools in Sierra Leone are planting trees as well, to help improve air quality, provide greener spaces and combat climate change. We have called our trees ‘trees of hope’ to help us think about brighter times ahead after a year with many challenges. Currently, we are also working on

As you may or may not know, as Covid lockdown was easing a lady called Jayne Langdale thought of the idea of a Scarecrow Trail around Hessle. A banner was placed at the corner by the Cemetery on Swanland Road with the dates and times of the event (15–23 May). I wondered if the church could get involved somehow. It would be brilliant to get involved in the community and showcase the July 2021

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the scarecrow – and she said Yes. “Fantastic”, I thought: we just need the costume and hay or straw. The bellringers also made a scarecrow called Bob the Bellringer and the two scarecrows were displayed outside the Church Hall. There followed a few more days of bright ideas and the next idea was “How can we raise money for the church”. I then came up with the idea of refreshments outside the Hall (and thanks to the Scout Group for lending us their gazebo). Over the two Saturdays, the 15th and 22nd of May, we raised approximately £55. It was great to be able to get the church involved in a community

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project which brought the young and old together as a family. We also printed out some of the tick-sheets for the scarecrow trail which helped with communications to the families about the church when they asked questions. As this event was a huge success with over 100 different scarecrows, Jayne Langdale has suggested making it an annual event. May I just say a huge thank you to everyone who helped either by agreeing to help with refreshments or by buying them, and also to Chris Giles for making the vicar. Paul Hardy

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The Hessle War Memorial

The War Memorial in the churchyard, a conspicuous landmark, was dedicated on 10 July 1921 by the Vicar of Hessle, Canon England. According to the Hull Daily Mail (11 July 1921), large numbers of discharged soldiers were present, sentries in steel helmets guarded the base of the cross, and the onlookers included the members of the Hessle Urban District Council and the clergy of the Congregational and Wesleyan Methodist churches. It was such a hot day that the sentries had to be changed mid-way through proceedings (parasols can be seen on the photograph). It is a simple cross in Portland stone, designed by Dr John Bilson, and carved by Verity, the Hessle stonemasons on Northgate. The choice was probably in the hands of the Urban District Council. In May 1919 the UDC discussed the idea of a public library (and in December 1918 the All Saints’ Church PCC had

discussed the idea of a rood screen in the church as a memorial). Perhaps the most striking thing if you look further into the names of those commemorated is how very young most of the men were (and they were all men: on the Roll of Honour for World War II there is just one woman, apart from one civilian casualty).

Dedication of War Memorial, 10th July 1921 July 2021

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Prayer Calendar For July

Those who come for Baptism during the month

Acadia Grove, Acorn Way, Albany Villas

Bannister Close, Barkworth Way, Barnetby Road Barrow Lane, Barton Drive, Beacon Close Bedford Road, Beech Grove, Belmont Farm Andy, Archdeacon of the East Riding Belvedere Road, Berryman Way, Bethune Avenue West Beverley Road, Birch Close Carol Tetley – our Associate Curate Bishop Blunt Close, Bishop Cockin Close Bishop Temple Court, Bluebell Gardens Members of the Tower Appeal Committee Bon Accord Road, Boothferry Road Those who partake in 11am prayers during the week Brigg Drive, Broad Avenue Brocklesby Close, Brunswick Grove Burton View, Butchers Square, Butchers Yard Buttfield Road, Cambridge Road Campbell Court, Canon Tardrew Court Cardinal Walk, Carter Drive, Castle Way Chalfont Close, Champney’s Close Channel Walk, Chapel Close Cherry Avenue, Chestnut Avenue Churchfield, Church Mews Cliff Road, Cliff Top Lane Clowes Court, Cooper Street Cottesmore Road, Coulson Drive Crossfield Road, Danes Drive

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Davenport Avenue, Denesway Dunston Drive, Dykes Close Eastfield Court, Eastgate Those who work on and use the Humber Bridge Edward Street, Ellerthorpe Close, Elmswood Members of the Congregation who live outside of the Parish Our Fellow Christians in Hessle July 2021


Baptisms 6th June

Gary David Robinson

13th June

Finnian Beau Mears

Funerals 27th May

Charles Gordon (Charlie) Richardson

Aged 84

1st June

Joyce Holtby

Aged 90

Margaret Raper

Aged 82

Hessle and Anlaby Foodbank Operates twice a week on Monday and Thursday afternoon. The deadline for requests is 1pm on that day. During the pandemic the service will be a delivery only service. Food parcels will be delivered free on Monday and Thursday afternoons. Contact the foodbank: 628628 and speak to one of the volunteers or email hessleanlabyfoodbank@gmail.com Lines are open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Lines are manned Monday and Thursday mornings only, messages can be left on the answerphone outside these times. Donations of food/financial are very gratefully received. Natwest Willerby and Kirkella Branch, Hessle and Anlaby Food Bank, Sort code 55-81-23 Account number 87849208. Please mark your donation as ‘Food Bank’. If you prefer to donate goods these can be placed in our bins in various local shops in Hessle and Anlaby including Co-Op, Heron Foods, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s. Revd. Gemma Turner, Vicar of Hessle, All Saints’ Church

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Hesslewood Orphanage This year sees the centenary of the move of the Hull Seamen’s and General Orphanage to Hesslewood. It started life in 1866 on Spring Bank in Hull (and goes even further back to the Mariners’ Church Sailors’ Orphan Society in 1853). It was run as a charity and entirely reliant on voluntary contributions, plus some fundraising efforts such as flag days (remember flag days?), concerts and galas as well as subscriptions, legacies and investments. In October 1953 it was the week’s BBC good cause for the week. In 1921 it moved from the Spring Bank site when it was felt that the location was becoming built up and a more open site in the country should be acquired. The old Spring Bank site was sold to the Ministry of Works for £22,000 and became a training facility for disabled exservicemen. In 1921, 85 girls and 50 boys moved in and Hesslewood was full to capacity. In 1939 there were 127 children and in 1953, 70. It was appropriate in a way that it should move to Hesslewood as Joseph Robinson Pease II was the first Chairman of the Mariners’ Church Sailors’ Orphan Society. Hesslewood Hall was the home of the Pease family, the last of whom to live there was Francis Richard Pease, JP, a banker. The mansion dates from the late 18th century and replaced an earlier house, which was there in 1716 (a sundial over the stable block bears the date 1756). Page 10

An appeal was started before the move: £25,000 was needed on top of the purchase cost (£11,500) to fit up the house and erect the necessary additional buildings: the house was not large enough for the number of children. Huts were to be erected in the grounds to make up the accommodation. In August 1920 there was an appeal to cinemagoers in Hull (who were shown films of the children excitedly exploring the grounds) and in September 1920, 500 volunteers were wanted for a house-to-house collection. The fundraising was ambitious and was aimed partly at the firms connected with shipping and fishing in the city. The Ellerman Wilson Line gave generously, and Mrs Arthur Wilson gave £1000, while her son, Captain Stanley Wilson MP, was President of the Trust. There were the usual concerts and galas. £6325 had been raised by Christmas Day 1920 although all in all the appeal fell short of the target amount. The official opening was on 10 September 1921, when Capt. Wilson said that the move to Hesslewood was the initiative of his mother, Mrs Arthur Wilson. The children were delighted at the spacious grounds, the open air and the views over the Humber. The girls moved in first, then the boys shortly afterwards. The accommodation in the old house was limited and suitable huts had to be erected in the grounds. It was a happy and well-managed home, even if it was not the same as being put to bed by your parents. July 2021


Jayne Brockwell grew up at the Orphanage, together with her sister and two brothers, in the 1970s, and says that initially there were separate buildings for boys and girls. The main house was called Girls’ Side, which incorporated a wing, the Murray Wing, originally a sick bay, while the other building was called Boys’ Side, later split into two ‘flats’. From early on there was an outdoor swimming pool, and vegetable gardens for growing fruit and vegetables for the kitchens. There was a football team, a Cricket Club and a Rabbit Club – and a band, which was quite a local institution in its own right. (Photographs survive of the band, all in sailor uniforms). The band, which went back many years, turned out frequently for civic and company events in Hull and further afield and for other charities’ fundraising events, as well as the Hesslewood Orphanage’s own Founders’ Day, possibly earning a little money by doing so. The Masters and Matrons were Mr and Mrs Matthews in 1922, Mr and Mrs George Ernest Charlton from 1923 to 1941, and in July 1941 Mr and Mrs E. R. C. Roberts were to take over. They were young and enthusiastic. He was a PT instructor, and very quickly he was organising new activities, despite the war: the Hull Daily Mail carried his appeals for lantern slides, gramophone records, books and magazines, woodworking tools and a joiner’s bench, sports gear, and music for their newly formed choir. Jayne Brockwell remembers Mr and Mrs Anderson, who retired in 1977 July 2021

(their daughter-in-law Andrea took over). The house parents were always addressed as Auntie and were mostly married women with children of their own. Mrs Anderson attended to minor ‘doctoring’ of things like scratched knees at 6pm every day, while the doctor for the Orphanage was June Alexander, who had a practice in Swanland. On their birthdays the children received two postal orders for 15p each – not to be sneezed at as the weekly pocket money was 10p – and the two cooks made birthday cakes for every one. The ice cream van came on Tuesdays and there was ice cream for tea. In addition to attending the Hessle schools, the children were instructed in domestic work, handwork, music, gardening etc. Girls stayed in the orphanage for two years after reaching school-leaving age, and boys for one year. The Orphanage officers found work for them and no one left without a job to go to and somewhere to live (Jayne left at age 18 and went on to train as a hairdresser). Children were not allowed to use the main staircase with its great polished banisters. The only exception was when a girl was to be married from the Orphanage. Founders’ Day took place in November, with the children sitting in on a business meeting of the Committee. A hymn was always sung, and the oldest child at the time would receive a Bible and Prayer Book, leather-bound. Jayne still has hers. ‘We lived like gentry’ says Jayne. ‘We lived in a stately home. There Page 11


were portraits on the walls, fine rugs and furniture, and massive skirting boards and coving, and there were the huge grounds and three or four gardeners as well as a handyman and cleaners. People felt sorry for us, living in an orphanage, but we were properly brought up.’ The tables were always beautifully laid, with real linen, and you never put a bottle of milk or a jar of jam on the table: milk came to the table in good jugs and jam in a nice dish. The bedsteads were like hospital beds but the sheets were starched and were changed every week. There were huge portraits of the Pease family and the children thought the Peases haunted the house. There were perhaps 60+ children when Jayne was there. As Jayne recalls, the other children at the Church of England schools were protective of the Orphanage children. Over the age of six they walked to school and back, and it was a long walk back at the end of the day, particularly in the winter. Ferriby Road was badly lit: there were only two street lights at Pease’s Hollow, where the approach road to the Humber Bridge now is, and it could be frightening. Jayne remembers going to church every Sunday – and the entertainments provided. Hessle Waits came every Christmas, and throughout December there were Christmas parties every Saturday, organized for their employees’ children by local companies such as British Cocoa Mills, the RAOB Club (a charitable organization which raised, and still raises, money for Page 12

local causes), and the railwaymen’s club at what is now the Tiger’s Lair on Anlaby Road: the children from local orphanages were invited. Every January they went to the pantomime in Hull and then ate tea at the Galatea restaurant with the stars from the pantomime; and every summer there was a Reckitts’ Sunshine trip to Withernsea, with coaches for children from different homes. The grounds were often hired for events such as the Caravan Club shows while the Fruit Trades football team used Hesslewood as their home ground (so there was football for the boys to watch every weekend); and the Hessle Operatic and Dramatic Society (now the Hessle Theatre Company) used the hall for rehearsals, so there was always something of interest going on. Some children were from broken families or their fathers were at sea and the mothers could not cope, or the mothers were in complicated multiple relationships. Some children went home at the weekends, and they were the most mixed-up, Jayne recalls. All were vulnerable, not least to child-on-child abuse or bullying; Jayne was lucky to have her brothers to defend her. Some of the boys ran away and were brought back by the Police, on one occasion from Aldbrough where their location was given away by a bonfire they had lit. The Orphanage closed in 1985 when a house almost 200 years old was proving too expensive to run, inflation was taking its toll, and national policy was moving towards July 2021


the fostering of children rather than placing them in orphanages. The 1946 Children’s Act had established the responsibility of local authorities to provide for orphans and deserted children, but the Hesslewood Orphanage continued on the old voluntary basis, with no local authority grants, for almost 40 years after that. By this time most of the children were at the Orphanage for short stays. It was a survival, as late as 1985, of the voluntary efforts of the 18th and 19th centuries,

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when if a public service such as a hospital or a library was needed, individuals did something about it and deployed their own money and their considerable organizational talents. There was to have been a celebration of the centenary in June this year but that has had to be deferred. It is hoped that it will take place in connection with the next Humber Bridge Sportive Event, expected in 2022.

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Found in the Attic : Part 3

As last month, here are some more helpful hints for women from the ‘found’ parish magazine from 1959. If anyone tries Thursday ’s recipe idea for custard, it would be interesting to hear the result!

Pages for Women Here are some more hints to help our women readers in their daily duties. We hope they help and if you have any more ideas, our women readers would love to hear them. Please send them to The Editor.

Thursday is Cooking Day Mrs M of Chorley says: Do you need to ‘stretch’ a pint of milk to feed those hungry hordes in your house? I use this handy method:

Economical Custard To one pint of tuberculin tested milk add half a pint of water. Keep back a little to mix the custard powder and desired amount of sugar.

Add two heaped teaspoons of Atora shredded suet and bring the milk quickly to the boil. Now make the custard in the usual way. By this method the deficiency of fat in the milk mixture is made up by the addition of the suet to make a creamy tasty custard for the family, who will invariably ask for more. *********** Mrs Moss sends in her recipe for a Sultana cake which, she tells, is the Vicar’s favourite :

SULTANA CAKE 1llb SR Flour 8oz butter 8oz Granulated sugar 4 eggs 2 tablespoons ground almonds Pinch salt Cream butter and sugar. Add beaten eggs and fold in sifted flour. Add sultanas. Beat well. Bake for 2 hours in a moderate oven. Next month SPIRE will bring you more helpful hints for the rest of a woman’s week!

Did you know… that for no extra cost to you, when making a purchase from Amazon, you can select to support a charity. That charity receives a small percentage of the proceeds. Next time you need to buy something on line through Amazon, please use amazon smile selecting: Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of All Saints Hessle Your donations are valuable to the Tower Appeal – thank you! Any questions, please ask Paul Hardy

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Chat Club Communities Helping All Together This is a new social initiative open to all members of our community and surrounding areas. We offer refreshments on a ‘pay what you can’ basis, plus counselling and advice. Please feel free to come along and see what we have to offer! Make new friends, while following COVID safety rules. Our friendly and informal coffee/tea/soft drinks mornings will be held at All Saints’ Church Hall on Saturdays 10th July, 31st July, 21st August, 18th September, 9th October, 13th November and 11th December from 10.00 a.m. until 12 noon. We are also having board games on Wednesday, 28th July 6.00 - 9.00 p.m. and a summer holiday picnic on Tuesday, 17th August 6.00 - 9.00 p.m. Tuesday 7th September 7.00 - 9.00 p.m. will be a guest speaker to be confirmed, hopefully to do with wellbeing and the welfare system. Tuesday, 5th October 7.00 - 9.00 p.m. will be Hull Fair night; burgers, hot dogs and fair games. Tuesday 26th Octover 7.00 - 9.00 p.m. is FREE prize bingo, open to all ages as it’s not for cash. Tuesday, 16th November 7.00 - 9.00 p.m. is Carol Singing. All at the Church Hall. We are not a religious or political organisation! We are on Facebook as CHAT (Communities Helping All Together). Feel free to join!

DISCLAIMER The editor reserves the right to decline to publish any item, to amend, shorten or hold items over to a later date. Articles do not necessarily represent the views of the PCC, the Vicar or the Editor.

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SPIRE JULY 2021  

The monthly magazine of All Saints Church Hessle

SPIRE JULY 2021  

The monthly magazine of All Saints Church Hessle

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