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April / May 2013

I D D S I D E The Parish Magazine of the Church of England Parish of Lower Nidderdale

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NIDDSIDE NEWS is distributed free of charge to households in the 3 Parishes within the United Benefice of Lower Nidderdale: St John The Baptist, Hunsingore St John the Baptist, Kirk Hammerton St Mary the Virgin, Nun Monkton Editor Hunsingore Kirk Hammerton Nun Monkton

Clive Billenness (358078) e-mail: editor@niddside.org.uk Parish Correspondents Lucy Hainsworth (358815) e-mail: lucy@niddside.org.uk Caroline Fenwicke-Clennell (331016)e-mail: caroline@niddside.org.uk Jennifer Oxtoby (330256) WHO’S WHO IN LOWER NIDDERDALE

Rector:

Reverend Paul Spurgeon (01423-331142) Lower Nidderdale Rectory, Old Church Green, Kirk Hammerton, York YO26 8DL e-mail: rector@niddside.org.uk

Methodist Minister:

Reverend Gail Hunt e-mail: methodist.minister@niddside.org.uk

Lay Reader:

Linda Billenness (358078) e-mail: lay.reader@niddside.org.uk

HUNSINGORE

Churchwardens Clive Billenness (358078) Maggie Hunt (358167)

Honorary Treasurer and Parish Treasurer

KIRK HAMMERTON

Churchwardens

Caroline Fenwicke-Clennell (331016) Harry Short (339948) Barbara Taylor (330593) Churchwarden Emeritus Dorothy Lumley

NUN MONKTON

Churchwardens Hunter MacLellan (331009) Graham Scott (330366)

Honorary Treasurer

Honorary Treasurer

Les Hornby

Jennifer Throup

Clive Billenness PCC Secretary Organist to All Parishes

Harry Short Ian De Courcey Bayley (886601)

FRONT PAGE: As we hopefully say goodbye to the winter and welcome the Spring, one of the most beautiful flowers to appear in the garden is the peony. This flower is named after Paeon, a student of Aesclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing. Legend says that when Aesclepius became jealous of Paeon, Zeus turned him into a flower to save him. Now it graces gardens and Spring wedding bouquets all over the world. Niddside News is printed by Lamberts Print Copy and Design, Station Road, Settle

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THOUGHTS FROM THE RECTORY season be heard or spoken. They are varied and diverse, from the banal to the highly spiritual, profound or theological. It makes you wonder how, what appears to be such a mismatch of words, can be used in connection with the same event.

Dear Friends, When I went into school the other day to lead Collective Worship (Assembly for those of an earlier era!), I asked the children how they would explain a certain word; they came up with some very imaginative ideas. It was rather like one of those ‘Management Training Exercises’ where the participants are asked to think of words that will best describe some situation, or some kind of solution to a problem. All the suggested words are then written up on a flip chart or some new-fangled computerised gizmo, so that all the words can be shared, considered and put in the appropriate place.

The truth of the matter is that they all have a place in this Easter season, but perhaps we have a tendency to put far greater emphasis on the least important words, and overlook the ones which are more of a challenge. None of us like to think or talk about matters that include pain, suffering or death; but they are all describing things that happen in our world each and every day. It is important to observe that such things as bunnies, eggs and lambs, all relate to something young and new, each with the potential to become something beyond being sweet, cuddly and cute. And, of course, Chocolate (in many shapes and sizes, but mostly egg shape), the egg to symbolise something new and the chocolate to make a significant change in one’s diet after the fasting on Lent.

All this led me to think about the words we would produce in response to the invitation to think of words that would best describe Easter. Some of those words could be: Eggs; Daffodils; Death; Chocolate; Donkeys; Stones; Cards; Resurrection; Light; Pain; Chicks; Lilies; Lambs; Flowers; New; Bunnies; Life; Hot Cross Buns; Suffering; Christmas Decorations – hey, how did that one get in there? Well, as we know, before the smells and tastes of Christmas have faded, Easter Eggs are widely available in the shops, so maybe, before the last Easter Egg has been consumed it must be time for the Christmas decorations to be seen on the supermarket shelves.

There are other things that we associate with Easter such as Hot Cross Buns (when I was a child, we would wait excitedly for the baker to do his rounds bringing the buns, which ONLY came on Good Friday – not available all year round as they are today!); lilies to decorate the church along with the daffodils (lilies, which are usually associated with death or remembrance and daffodils with Springtime and newness). All these things bring our minds to focus on the celebration of Easter – emphasising the different aspects of the story.

But it is very interesting to reflect on where our focus is at Easter (and at Christmas for that matter). All the words mentioned above will at one time or another over the Passiontide and Easter 3


There are, however, two of those words which I would like to pick out and hold in isolation from the rest and they are ‘new’ and ‘life’. Many of the symbols used at Easter lead us to these two words and help us to cope with the horrendous events which lead us to Easter, and then help us to hold in perspective what the outcome of Easter is. As Mary stood in the garden near the tomb, she expected her Lord to be in the tomb, but he wasn’t.

offered to us and indeed given to us – and that is what we celebrate at Easter. We need to be fully conscious of what brought Jesus to Calvary; and equally as conscious of what his death and resurrection have given to us. I‘m going to add one more word to the list above, and that is ‘joy’ – may that be the overwhelming emotion that will be yours at Easter and in the future.

New life had been given to Jesus, his resurrection had taken place, and the world was a totally different place to what it had been just a few days before. That New Life is perhaps not as tangible to us today, but that is what has been

May God bless you this Eastertide and always,

From the Registers

l u Pa

21 January 2013

Funeral

Elsie Ryder

Kirk Hammerton

24 January 2013

Funeral

Evelyn Muriel Lonsdale

Kirk Hammerton

10 February 2013

Baptism

Henry David Brian Bell & Jorja Charlotte Jane Bell

Hunsingore

1 March 2013

Funeral

Joyce Chambers

Kirk Hammerton

6 March 2013

Funeral

John Harold Stirke (Jack)

Hunsingore

18 March 2013

Funeral

G.T. Warren Fenwicke-Clennell

Kirk Hammerton

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK IS 12 - 18 MAY 2013 Although Christian churches in the UK organise the collection of money, Christian Aid gives assistance to any who need it regardless of faith or nationality.

In past years, substantial sums of money have been raised in our parish during Christian Aid Week. Generous donations have been given in house to house envelope collections and through support for other fund raising activities. This year, more than ever, Christian Aid needs our money to help fund its projects around the world. Money donated pays to support ongoing development work and for urgent practical assistance where need is greatest and where the aim is to expose and eradicate the causes of poverty.

Last year our Christian Aid Week collection raised £837.95 - maybe this year we can do even better. If you would like to know more about Christian Aid's work go to http://www.christianaid.org.uk/ where you will find news of past and present projects and where you can read the latest Christian Aid magazine. 4


Allerton Park Incinerator The Fight Goes On!

Although the withdrawal of PFI funding

may sound the death knell for the scheme, because planning permission has been granted, the Parish Councils’ Group is taking legal advice from a specialist barrister over challenging the planning decision in the High Court in London. This would take the form of a judicial review. This is essential because with a planning application approved, someone could come along in future and build the incinerator even if NYCC’s present partners, Amey Cespa, do not. (This cannot happen, however, before the upcoming County Council elections.) We should learn within the next few weeks whether the Judicial Review will go ahead.

The North Yorkshire Waste Action Group have sent out the following update about the local campaign against the proposals for a waste incinerator at Allerton Park. Many readers will know that a group of local parish councils (PCG) and North Yorkshire Waste Action Group (NYWAG) have been fighting plans to build a massive incinerator at Allerton Park near Knaresborough: indeed many may have signed the 10,000 name petition against the scheme when the contract was discussed by North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) back in December 2010.

In addition the Local Government Ombudsman and the European Commission have been asked to investigate the matter because campaigners believe the planning process was deeply flawed and that it contravenes EC regulations. The campaign has also raised issues with other statutory bodies including the Environment Agency.

Earlier this year NYCC’s planning committee decided to approve the scheme, despite huge local opposition and in the face of damning evidence provided by the PCG and NYWAG that the scheme was not needed for many reasons.

Our local councillors – including Harrogate Borough Councillors John Savage and Christine Lewis and County Councillor John Watson – together with local MPs Andrew Jones and Nigel Adams have strongly supported the campaign.

Those reasons included that 1) there are already enough incinerators; 2) that the scheme was too expensive unnecessarily costing rate-payers many hundreds of millions of pounds over its lifespan; and 3) that the incinerator would cause great harm to the local landscape, heritage and environment.

Most recently Harrogate Borough Council backed a motion from John Savage and Chris Lewis urging NYCC to look again at the future of waste management in the county. Harrogate BC has previously condemed the incinerator scheme.

NYCC’s planning committee ignored all those factors and gave the incinerator the go-ahead, but the scheme has now hit a major obstacle because the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) decided to withdraw Private Finance Initiative (PFI) funding. This means NYCC have lost £65M of Government money (rising to £125M over the 25 year life of the scheme) and are now being forced to look again at finance for the incinerator.

So although the withdrawal of PFI funds has seen the campaign against the incinerator win a major battle, the war is not yet over. Please continue to support the activities of the PCG and NYWAG in their campaign to halt this ludicrous and costly scheme. You can keep up with the campaign at

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NEWS FROM HUNSINGORE, CATTAL, WALSHFORD & COWTHORPE JACK STIRKE Jack died in February aged 81 after a sad struggle with illness. Jack moved to Cattal Grange Farm with his family when he was 8 years old. His father had been farming at Carlton Miniott near Thirsk but the war meant that the farmland was required for an aerodrome. His father and he always farmed sheep at Cattal Grange. Jack married in 1955, and his sons are carrying on the farm now. Jack was a regular presence in the fields around the parish, arriving in the early morning to check on his sheep, and sometimes having to rescue them from various escapades; most notably when they got stranded on little islands down by the river when the river had broken its banks.

THANK YOU To everyone who helped clean and decorate the Church for Easter. The display of lilies looked wonderful, and as usual were accompanied by a list of names of loved ones in whose names they were given.

THANKS IN ADVANCE TO ROWAN WILLIAMS

At his memorial service, a packed church heard many lovely stories about his life at Cattal Grange including an attachment made late in his life to a Manitou tractor which became his favourite piece of farm equipment.

Niddside News went to press shortly before Easter, so we are thanking in advance the Reverend Rowan Williams, Anglican Chaplain at the University of York, who is coming to Hunsingore to celebrate Holy Communion for us on Easter Morning as Paul and Linda are both occupied conducting worship in Nun Monkton and Kirk Hammerton.

We offer our condolences to Jack’s family.

ADVANCE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

For purposes of clarity, Rowan would like us to point out that she is not the famous retired Archbishop who shares her name, although she does have the distinction of having the e-mail address ‘rowan.williams’ at the University of Cambridge, leaving her more recently namesake to be relegated by the IT Department to ‘rowan.williams1’ !

Magazine editors like to plan a long way ahead, so please note that Hunsingore’s Harvest Festival and Supper will be held on Friday 4th October, and that the Kirk Hammerton Singers have kindly offered to perform a concert in the Church in November. A Race Night in the Village Hall is also being considered, and we hope there will be a BBQ in the summer (IF there is a summer this year !) 6


MEMORIES OF HUNSINGORE AND COWTHORPE In her occasional series of articles remembering the history of our villages, Lucy Hainsworth spoke to Barbara Smith In September 1959 the Reverend Huntley arrived with his family to take up residence in Cowthorpe Rectory and preside over the two churches of Hunsingore and Cowthorpe. With him came his wife and daughter Barbara (his other daughter was married and living in Manchester); and his mother, who was blind. Sunday afternoon in Cowthorpe Village Hall, that was always well attended.

The Vicar before Rev Huntley was Rev Hutchinson, who had retired. During Rev Hutchinson's time the two churches had united under one Vicar. Previously there had been a Vicar each for Hunsingore and Cowthorpe. The last Vicar for Hunsingore was Canon Shettle, who had lived in Hunsingore Manor. When the churches combined, the Manor was sold and the Vicar thereafter lived at The Rectory.

Cowthorpe had two churchwardens: Alfie Watson from Cowthorpe Hall Farm, and Mrs Charlotte Fox from Warfield Lane. The two in Hunsingore were Tommy Backhouse and Frank Steele who lived in The Cottage opposite Backhouses. When Frank Steele died, Mrs Gina Dent became

Both Hunsingore and Cowthorpe then were lovely villages, she says. There were perhaps 25 houses in Cowthorpe. The "Old Oak" was a fisherman's pub. not at all posh. The two congregations did not mix with each other. Rev Huntley would hold one service in Cowthorpe, then as he drove to Hunsingore in his Bedford Dormobile for a service there, he would pick up members of his congregation along the route: some ladies would await him coming at the gates of Bridge House. However the people of the villages would come together every year for the summer Garden Fete, which was held in rotation in each village. Likewise, at Christmas there was carol singing in the four villages, and the Rev and Barbara went round with them. Barbara ran a thriving Sunday School for children aged 5 - 11 years old every 7


a churchwarden. Every Christmas and Easter there was a service in the Chapel at Ribston Hall.

Watson. When the Rev Huntley died in 1964, the Vicar appointed was the Rev Richard Talbot.

Hunsingore Church had a choir; the organist was Mr Dalby from Little Ribston, and later Barry Carlill from Tockwith. Barry was also organist for Cowthorpe and cycled over from Tockwith every Sunday. Fred Chapman was bellringer for Cowthorpe church and Johnny Paylor, the verger, was bellringer for Hunsingore.

Barbara and Pop married in 1964 and moved into the bungalow in Hunsingore. They have lived in Hunsingore ever since. Barbara served a long term as Secretary of Hunsingore School, and when that closed she worked as Secretary for Nun Monkton School. Pop has worked for the Dent family for 57 years. Barbara now enjoys a quiet retirement with Pop.

He rang the full turnover swing of the bells too, something that the wooden cradles of the fine bells are too weak to sustain now. Johnny Paylor was the last verger, the post was discontinued after his death. There was a Mothers' Union organised by Mrs Huntley. Mrs Swann was Secretary to the Parochial Church Council. Dennis Backhouse and John Hawe were sidesmen at Hunsingore church. Mr Geoffrey Dent and Mrs Dent came to Hunsingore church every Sunday. In those days the villages enjoyed plenty of entertainment. There was a dance every month in Hunsingore Village Hall, dancing to the Del Rio Accordion Band. Every parish had its regular dance every month and the young people could attend one every week by going from village to village. There was also a Youth Club in the Reading Room and snooker tournaments were held throughout the villages. The older villagers participated in the tournaments and according to Pop could give the young 'uns a trouncing! The Rectory was a Victorian house, very cold in the winter. But there was an Aga stove in the kitchen and a gas fire in the lounge. There was a twin-seater loo in the buildings in the courtyard at the back but luckily the family never had to use it! There were stables and a coach house, and Barbara remembers fondly the apple orchard that grew beside the house. A field at the side of the house belonged to the Rectory, but it was let to Alfie

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The plot of the play centred around whether Henry and Francis would meet and under what circumstances and whether either could trust the other. As the story unfolded Souci and Binns sounded each other out, exchanging insults. Henry planned to send a poisoned pomegranate to Francis's pregnant queen which would induce an abortion, but in the end it is the loyal Binns who takes a bite from it and dies. At their private meeting Henry challenged Francis to a wrestling match and was duly defeated and humiliated. Souci, we learned, was killed in a duel.

KINGS OF CLOTH OF GOLD At the end of January, we were pleased to welcome back Hunsingore’s favourite actor, Dominic Goodwin. Maureen Long was there to welcome him.... In June 1520 a meeting took place on a site near Calais between Henry VIII and Francis I. Its purpose was to increase the bond of friendship between the two young kings and to show the magnificence of each court, and such was the splendour of tents and costumes that the site became known as the Field of Cloth of Gold. The feasts, music, jousting and games lasted for 2 weeks. Tony Lidington's play, "Kings of Cloth of Gold" saw the return of Dominic Goodwin to Hunsingore, this time aided and abetted by Emanuel Brierley. Each man played two contrasting rôles: we saw Dom as the powerful and ill-tempered Henry VIII and Francis's rather foppish manservant, Souci, while Emanuel alternated between Francis I and Henry's earthy squire, Binns. It seemed that only a brief disappearance behind the scenery was enough to transmogrify these talented actors.

Not only was there no personal triumph for Henry but nothing was achieved by the tournament. England and France were at war again within two years. This was Tony Lidington's fictionalised version of historical events and he managed to mix contemporary language with modern ad lib, humorous references to Exocets and Hooray Henrys, and clever layers of meaning. As we have come to expect, Dom was able to milk the dialogue for laughs whenever possible! Perhaps there were a few disappointed ladies in the audience when Henry's armour was removed only to reveal that it was not an exact fit for his anatomy, but that was surely the only disappointment. Once again we were treated to a splendid evening which began, as always, with a tasty meal (thanks to Jane and her hardworking team) and ended with the raffle drawn by Dom, fetchingly clad in white hose, as only he could. This is an actor who could raise a laugh by reading out the telephone directory! There is one more play in our winter season: “Lights Out, Land Girls” , the Badapple Theatre Company’s sequel to its highly successful “Land Girls”. This will be on Friday 5th April, with supper from 7.00 pm and curtain up 7.45. Tickets are £12.50 and reservations are highly recommended - available from Nigel Twaites (358516)


FORTHCOMING EVENTS 1. Christian Aid Coffee Morning, May 18th, 10.30 to 12.00 in St Mary’s Church. If anyone wishes to bake or give anything for this now annual event, please leave them at the rear of the church or contact Jennifer Oxtoby on 330256 2. Plans are being made to hold a Safari Supper in May. More details will be sent out to each household.

VILLAGE BOOK EXCHANGE At the rear of the church there are a selection of books. Please feel free to browse through and take something to read, or leave something for others to enjoy. When you take a book, please leave a donation which will be put towards the upkeep and ministry of the Church.

NEWS FROM NUN MONKTON NUN MONKTON YCA There will be no meeting in April , but on Tuesday 14 May, we will welcome Mrs Penelope Worsley who will speak about the Karen Hilltribes Trust, a charitable organisation which helps the inhabitants of more than 400 villages in North-West Thailand, near the border with Burma.

THANK YOU’S Thank you to everyone who contributed towards the making of the posies which were distributed at our Mothering Sunday Service. They were much appreciated by those who received them, and some were taken away to be presented to mothers who lived too far away to join us.

This is an area of great poverty, with subsistence farming, lack of clean water and sanitation and only limited access to education. This promises to be a fascinating evening and is an OPEN meeting so all are welcome to attend.

During his talk in the service, Paul treated to a barrage of fascinating facts about mothers and motherhood [none of which I got right ! - Editor].

On Tuesday 11 June, there will be an outing to a local garden - hopefully in warm summer sunshine !

Finally thank you to all who contribute to the upkeep of our lovely church in so many and various ways.

We meet at 7.30 in the School and share drinks and light refreshments. This is a great chance to meet fellow-villagers.

A thank you also from Niddside News to the team who contribute to this magazine and also ensure that it reaches everyone’s letterbox.

YCA Subsciptions are £15 per year. Please contact the Chair, Mrs A Greenwood for further information (330443)

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effect weather has on people and places. The infant children have been learning about dinosaurs and have made masks and models of them. They spent a morning using their weighing skills to produce some dinosaur biscuits which they shared with the juniors.

NUN MONKTON SCHOOL Head Teacher Sue Fernyhough reports

Year 6 attended Crucial Crew in March and learnt about the emergency services and what to do if they needed to call one of them. We have continued with our PE lessons at Green Hammerton village hall every Wednesday. These are taken by Chris Honer from Positive Sports and are thoroughly enjoyed by all the children. Red Nose Day saw the children taking part in a talent show to raise money. They performed in front of an audience and everyone gave fantastic performances.

As we approach the end to another busy term, we would like to reflect on what we have accomplished in the last few months.

We finished the term with an Easter service in church which was attended by family and friends.

The children have been working very hard in both classes. All the school learnt about the customs and traditions of Chinese New Year, the Year of the Snake. The juniors have been learning about journalistic writing and have produced some excellent pieces of work. Their science lessons have involved investigations to separate various materials and they have learnt about the

The cleaners were not at all happy that the flower arrangers had decided to introduce some more exotic species into the displays in Church 11


Tuesday 28th May, 7.30pm Adrian Read and Bill Barker, Northallerton ‘Vegetables in small gardens’ You will remember these Yorkshire gentlemen, from the National Vegetable Society, from our first year (2008). Their knowledge about showing vegetables was legendary and their presentation and humour was very endearing. We look forward to hearing their tales again. The talk will also cover pests and diseases. All regular meetings are held at 7.30pm in Kirk Hammerton Village Hall unless stated otherwise. New members and Membership is only £10 per year. Visitors are also always welcome and pay just £3 per meeting. For further information, please contact Helen Cunliffe (331474), Margaret Green (330242) or Brenda Short (339948).

NEWS FROM KIRK HAMMERTON KIRK HAMMERTON GARDEN CLUB

KIRK HAMMERTON PAINTING GROUP

Tuesday 30th April, 7.30pm

The painting group will meet on:

Nigel Harrison, Moor Monkton and BBC Radio York

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For more information please contact Kathleen Flintoff on 330598

We all thoroughly enjoyed Nigel’s last talk and we have invited him back to find out how Nigel and his friends helped to landscape a manor in Brittany, France, for the acclaimed Channel 4 series ‘Le Manoir’. Nigel has also kindly agreed to do a short ‘Question Time’ at the end!

WARREN FENWICKE - CLENNELL As we were preparing to go to Press, we learned of the sad death of Warren Fenwicke-Clennell.

Saturday 18th May The Garden Club is having a Plant and Produce Stall on May 18th, at the Village Hall, to raise funds for the Hall. Any items for the stall will be most welcome, so if anyone has any cuttings/plants/seedlings or produce, please consider contributing them to the stall. Please think of us when you are tidying up your garden in the spring!

We offer our deepest sympathies to Caroline and all the family. We will publish a longer appreciation of Warren in the next edition of Niddside News.

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“The children produced some fantastic artwork both during and after our visit and learned some of the problems facing engineers and town planners.” Kirk Hammerton Year 6 pupil, Guy Jenkins, said: “I really enjoyed looking round the workings of the Millennium Bridge. Tony [bridge operator Tony Hauxwell] explained the mechanism in a way that was easy to understand and was also pretty funny.”

Max Doswell, a Year 2 pupil from Staveley School said, “I was a bit nervous pressing the button but it was OK in the end. It’s good to have extra kids from Kirk to go on trips with.”

KIRK HAMMERTON PRIMARY SCHOOL TYNE TRIP BUILDS LINKS BETWEEN SCHOOLS

If you would like to see our art work related to the trip, why not come along to one of our Friday afternoon celebration assemblies?

Children from our school took part in a landmark trip studying ‘mega-structures’ in and around Gateshead and Newcastle in February.

Please contact the Headteacher, Miss Emma Miller, on 01423 330460

Years 2 – 6 from Kirk Hammerton C of E and Staveley Community Primary Schools were blessed with stunning weather for their educational experience which included visiting the Angel of the North, sketching bridges from the fifth floor of the Baltic Centre and a special tour of the workings of Gateshead's Millennium Bridge.

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Gateshead Metropolitan Council were also able to arrange a rare opening of the unique tilting bridge and four lucky children were chosen to control the mechanism and issue announcements to bridge pedestrians over the loudspeakers. Teacher Joe Cooper, said, “Our trip was designed to give pupils the chance to see large-scale structures of various kinds; that particular section of the Tyne has impressive buildings, bridges and monuments in abundance.

Kirk Hammerton pupil Timmy Gordon presses the button to close the bridge 14


Church delight as end to ‘Misery Making’ scrap metal trade becomes law The Church of England has warmly welcomed the passing of the Scrap Metal Dealers Bill, which recently cleared its final legislative hurdle in the House of Lords. The Chair of the Church of England's Cathedral and Church Buildings Council, Mrs Anne Sloman, OBE, said: "We are absolutely delighted that this two year campaign, led by the CofE's Cathedrals and Church Buildings Council, will now become law. “We are thankful that the deleterious and misery making unregulated trade in scrap metal might now be brought to an end through proper regulation leading to a reduction in crime for communities across the country.”

Many churches have suffered thousands of pounds’ worth of damage by thieves stealing just a few hundreds of pounds’ worth of lead or copper. These losses are not always covered by their insurance. The Bill will introduce effective regulation of the Scrap Metal Trade and finally ends anonymous access to cash for scrap metal. In March 2011 a report to the Home Office from the Church Buildings Council called for new regulation of scrap yards to regulate the trade effectively and take away the incentive for metal theft. The regulation called for has been given in the Act, consolidating cashless trading, a licensing system, a national register of scrap yards and compulsory taking of identification at the point of sale. The police will have powers of entry to enforce the new regulations and to close yards where illegal activity is suspected.

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The following article has been taken from the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds’ monthly magazine ‘Together’

Which Direction Now For the Diocese? Archbishop of York will decide whether the reorganisation process continues The future of the plan for a single new Diocese of Leeds, bringing together Bradford, Wakefield and Ripon and Leeds, now rests with the Archbishop of York, after voting was split across the dioceses which met in three separate meetings on March 2nd. While Bradford and Ripon and Leeds Synods voted in favour of the Scheme, Wakefield Synod voted against. Dr John Sentamu will decide in midApril whether he should send the proposals on to General Synod after one more diocese, marginally affected by the proposals, Blackburn, has its say at a Synod meeting on April 13th. Bishop John said afterwards, “I hope that this will mean the Archbishop of York can take the Scheme to General Synod in July – further delay and indecision would be damaging to the mission of the church in this region. The votes here and in Bradford send a positive message to the Dioceses Commission and to General Synod.” Ripon and Leeds Synod voted to approve the reoganisation by 70 votes to 18 with 2 abstentions. “I welcome the clear approval of the Diocesan Synod for the Scheme,” said Bishop John. But he acknowledged,

“There is still work to be done both in establishing the financial basis for the new diocese and in making sure that the northern area of the new diocese is properly resourced and structured.” The new diocese to be known as West Yorkshire and the Dales would be led by a diocesan bishop based in Leeds and divided into five Episcopal areas Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds, Ripon and Wakefield. Bradford Diocese voted in favour of the scheme by 90 votes to 4 but Wakefield Diocese rejected the scheme, 40 in favour, 76 against with 4 abstentions. Taken as a region, 200 votes were cast in favour, and 96 against. The Archbishop of York can still decide to forward the Scheme to General Synod if he is satisfied that there are wider considerations affecting the province or the whole CofE. Chair of the Commission, Professor Michael Clarke said: “It is good to know that Bradford and Ripon & Leeds support the Commission's proposals. Looking at the voting in Wakefield, there is also significant support there too, even though the vote was lost.

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SIGN OF THE FISH

SECRET WRITING

In the early days of Christianity it could be very dangerous to admit that you were one of Jesus’ followers. You could be arrested, imprisoned and killed, simply for your beliefs.

The fish was a secret sign. If you would like to send someone a secret message, you can do it with `invisible ink’.

Christians had to meet in secret - but how could you tell if a stranger was a Christian or not? Whom could you trust? Christians used secret signs to recognise one another. And one of these was the sign of the fish which could easily be scratched on a wall or drawn in the dust of the road. If the other person wasn’t a Christian they’d just think you were doodling.

You need a lemon or an onion. Squeeze the juice of either into a small bowl. Using the juice as ink, with a clean nib in a proper pen, write your message on a piece of paper. Leave it to dry and as it dries the message will disappear. To make it reappear, hold the paper over a lamp or radiator. This is a very easy way of sending secret messages … but you have to be sure that the person you are writing to knows the secret of how to make the message reappear!

The fish was used as sign because, in Greek, the first letters of the words `Jesus Christ God’s Son Saviour’ spell `ichthus’, the Greek word for fish.

Where does seaweed look for a job?

How can you show other people today that you are a Christian? If you have the joy of knowing Jesus in your heart then it should show on your face!

What game do fish like playing the most?

In the 'Kelp-wanted' ads!

Name That Tuna !


DIARY OF SERVICES - APRIL / MAY 2013 Date

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Hunsingore

Kirk Hammerton

Sunday 7 April

10.30 am Family Service

10:00 am Morning Worship

9.00 am Sung Communion (Common Worship)

Sunday 14 April

8.00 am Said Communion (BCP)

10.00 am Sung Communion (Common Worship)

No service but you are invited to join the Methodists in the Chapel at 10:00 am

Sunday 21 April

10.30 am All-Age Worship

10.00 am Family Communion

8.00 am Said Communion (BCP)

Sunday 28 April

6.30 pm Evening Worship

8.00 am Said Communion (BCP)

10:00 am All-Age Worship (St John’s)

Sunday 5 May

10.30 am Family Service

10:00 am Morning Worship

9.00 am Sung Communion (Common Worship)

Sunday 12 May

8.00 am Said Communion (BCP)

10.00 am Sung Communion (Common Worship)

No service but you are invited to join the Methodists in the Chapel at 10:00 am

Sunday 19 May

10.30 am Family Communion

10.00 am All-Age Worship

8.00 am Said Communion (BCP)

Sunday 26 May

6.30 pm Evening Worship

8.00 am Said Communion (BCP)

10:00 am All-Age Worship (Methodist Chapel)

Sunday 2 June

10.30 am Family Service

6.30 pm Evening Worship

9.00 am Sung Communion (Common Worship)

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