Vision Project Update II

It is now necessary to visit the site daily to keep up with how quickly things are changing; windows come and go; the stonework rises around our new kitchen and toilet facilities; scaffolding appears by windows and the conservators are taking the first samples for the paintwork restoration. Whew! I have been cycling up most…

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The Vision Unfolds

Works to transform and preserve St John’s is now well underway as stained glass conservators began work this week. The foundations of a new annex, which will include a new kitchen and accessible toilets, have been laid and scaffold now surrounds many of the church’s historic stained glass windows. Joe Priestley, the church’s Heritage Learning…

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Support Roundabout, our Parish Magazine!

Every month, volunteers writers, editors and distributors come together to create our parish magazine – Roundabout. Alongside social media, websites and new fangled digital technologies, Roundabout is the main way of find out about what is going on in our area. All this for £1 a week! However, with rising costs of printing and distribution,…

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David Winpenny’s Article on Piazzi Smyth

David Winpenny, Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, looks at the life and preoccupations of a former Ripon resident whose scientific work and idiosyncratic ideas appear to have been rather at odds with each other. At the bottom of Clotherholme Road, not far from its junction with Studley Road, is a large but reticent Victorian House…

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Our Heritage Open Day

Running a Heritage Open Day at a rural church is a bit of a double-edged sword. After all, we were up against local competition such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Fountains and the city centre attractions of Ripon Museums. That said, I was delighted by the turnout and the amount of help proffered…

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The Builders Move In…

The current vogue, we are told, is for homeowners to fund an extension or convert lofts and basements rather than go to the expense of moving. Such measures, grand as the are – pale in comparison to the changes which are transforming St John’s, Sharow, in to a church that meets the needs of the…

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Treasures Uncovered at St John’s

Some of the hidden treasures of St John’s, Sharow are to go on display for the first time in over a decade in a new exhibition designed to coincide with the national Heritage Open Days. Joan Wilkinson, a member of the Northern Branch of the Guild of Embroiderers, was invited to St John’s to examine…

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St John’s Shortlisted for Prestigious Biodiversity Award

I am very pleased to announce that St John’s has been shortlisted for a Biodiversity Award from the Church Times. This award recognises the hard work the congregation and local volunteers have put into caring for God’s creation in our parish – well done everyone! St John’s is pitted against Bradford Cathedral, OASIS Community Church,…

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Traditional Technique Provides Cutting Edge for Emma

St John’s is teaming up with Emma Gillon, a local estates manager, to return the venerable art of scything to the landscape. Inspired by a recent scything workshop at St John’s, Sharow, Emma will be replacing much of her petrol-powered mowing equipment with elbow grease and the trusty scythe. Emma says, “I love using the…

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