Welcome to the Home Page of the Stanwick Group of Churches

  • Aldbrough St John, Forcett and Melsonby

    This site is primarily an additional information source for the people of the three parishes of Aldbrough St John, Forcett and Melsonby, but we hope that if you are from outside the area you will get a flavour of an area that is pleasant to live in. 

    You'll find out why it's called the Stanwick Group of Churches on our Welcome page.

    We hope you'll find the information you are looking for on who we are and what we do as a benefice. If you feel that anything is missing, please contact the webmaster

    If you want to ask about a wedding, please do not use the 'webmaster' link. Go to Contact Information where there is a specific email link direct to the vicar.

    If you are a member of one of our parishes and want to be involved in our activities at any level, under GDPR we now need your signed consent to be allowed to contact you specifically. To give this please see the appropriate parish section in the Benefice Administration menu above and download the form.

    Churches in our Benefice

    Click on the picture to link to the page about that church

    St Paul's,
    Aldbrough St John
    Parish church
    St James the Great, Melsonby
    Parish Church
    St Cuthbert's,
    Forcett
    Parish Church
    St John the Baptist,
    Stanwick St John
    Former parish church now redundant and vested in the Churches Conservation Trust
    Christ Church,
    East Layton
    Private chapel used for public worship
    St Hilda's,
    Caldwell
    Licensed building
    (Chapel of ease)
    (Now permanently closed)

    Elsewhere on the web

    You can also follow us on Facebook

    and Twitter

    Our Polls

    The poll in the column below right is for fun rather than a serious enquiry so please feel free to take part. It only records the number of people who have voted. There will be no catastrophic events as a result of it. We know of one former benefice resident who regularly participates, not necessarily with his actual opinions but does like to stir a bit!

    Events outside our Benefice

    The Diocesan Office and our Cathedral at Ripon plus other parishes and benefices in the area often send us details of events of interest. We now have a section specifically for Lay Training sessions, usually organised by the Diocese but occasionally by other bodies. For those events which are for interest or enjoyment, please look in the section From the Diocese and Wider Church where we have another folder with details of events.

    In most cases the information we publish is a copy of their poster which is linked to the appropriate website with fuller information.

    text

  • This Week

    calendar

  • News

    Melsonby Garden Fete

    The photos are now in the Photo Gallery section. If you have any more you'd like to add please send them to us.

    St John the Baptst Patronal Festival

    See a report here.

    Rock Concert in Melsonby

    The Rock Concert is CANCELLED

    Fund raising concert by Barnsley Youth Choir

    Barnsley Youth Choir will be performing in Richmond on 6 August.  Look out for their banner from this week on the roundabout in Richmond! Full details here

    Teddy Church

    See details of the new Teddy Church in Melsonby

    Teddy Church will not take place on 12 August but it will be the Aldbrough Feast SONGS OF PRAISE and you are all invited to bring your Teddy (or other soft toy) to that at 6.00pm in the Aldbrough Pinfoldby the Village Hall.

    Peace Concert

    2 September 7.00pm East Layton - see details

    Foodbank Donations

    We are now supporting the Richmond Storehouse Foodbank with donations. See this page about the foodbank. When you come to church, please consider bringing a tin, jar or packet of something suitable for the foodbank collection. 

    Bell-ringing in the benefice

    There is some interest in Melsonby for starting a new bell-ringing band. If you have rung or are interested in learning, see here

    A group has now started ringing under the tutelage of ringers from St Mary's, Richmond. They hope to be able to start ringing for services before too long but it is not as easy as many people think it is!

    800 Years without a loo!

    See details of the St James Building Project. here.

    You can also now make a donation via JustGiving Click on the 'G' symbol to go to their page or donate by text from a smart-phone: Text 'ETCX23 £10' to 70070. If you wish to give a different amount just put that in instead of '£10'

    Following circumstances beyond our control, the 'Flush Fund' link to the "Just Giving" page  was lost recently - but it is now functioning again very well.  Why not try it with a donation, however large or small?" 

    Diocesan Newsletter

    The digital copy of each month's Diocesan Newsletter is here  June 2018 July 2018

    Back copies can be found on the Diocesan site here.

    Thanks, Celebration, Commemoration

    Take a look at our Thanks, Celebration and Commemoration pages. If you would like to give thanks, or celebrate or commemorate a person or event, we can add a short message there.

    text

  • Poll

    Cast Your Vote

      Grass kept short and cuttings cleared
      Grass cut regularly but it's not too often, not too short.
      Grass cuttings and flowers left as natural compost
      Great place for a wildlife haven. Cut infrequently.

    View Previous Polls

    How do you like your churchyards?
    Votes
    Grass kept short and cuttings cleared1
    Grass cut regularly but it's not too often, not too short.1
    Grass cuttings and flowers left as natural compost0
    Great place for a wildlife haven. Cut infrequently.3

    poll

    pie