St John’s gains Eco Church Status

St John’s, Sharow becomes only the fifth church in the Diocese of Leeds to gain an Eco Church Award. The news comes at the end of the church’s Cherishing Our Churchyard Week, which saw local schools and charities assisting with biodiversity surveys, moth captures and churchyard trails. The award was presented by Jemima Parker, Diocesan…


Beth Lonsdale, Heritage Learning Assistant, on Cherishing Churchyards Week

Cherishing Churchyards Week What fun! I would really encourage every church to get involved with Cherishing Churchyards week – a week of activities in which the whole community can come together to enjoy heritage, biodiversity, and good company (and, in our case, plenty of cake!). The week ran from the 3rd-11th June and is organised…


Cherishing our Church

It is an exciting time to be working at St John’s. With a new parish priest waiting in the wings, exciting new bits of the building about to appear and the promise of yet more cake, it is bound to be a busy few months! It is fantastic to see our building evolving, becoming more…


Researching Charles Piazzi Smyth

Charles Piazzi Smyth has to be one of the most interesting characters I’ve ever had the privilege to research. A pioneering astronomer, photographer, Egyptologist and, in the words of Sir Flinders Petrie, a ‘Pyramidiot’. Researching into Piazzi Smyth has been easy, thanks to the wonderful work of David Winpenny of Ripon Civic Society. After half an…


Starting out as a Heritage Learning Officer

About time I introduced myself: I’m Joe and I’m Sharow’s Heritage Learning Officer. I’ll be updating you on my goings-on in regular (I hope) blog posts. For now, here is my written piece for Roundabout magazine: Hello, I’m Joe. Whilst a very recent graduate in History & Archaeology at the University of Sheffield, I’ve been extremely…


JAM Club’s Reverse Advent

Our JAM Club have created a reverse advent calendar where, instead of taking chocolates out of a calendar, they are collecting food and gifts to give to those in need this Christmas. You can bring your items to us on a Sunday morning or find the collection box under the Bell Tower.

Sepia Soldier

The 11th November was marked by an intimate, poignant evening of poetry, music and anecdotes, delivered by Michael Severn. ‘Sepia Soldier’ was an evening loosely orientated around exploring the history of Reginald James Oliver Severn, an ancestor of Michael who was killed in World War 1. The portrait of Reggie, passed down to Michael through the family,…