A Transforming Church with a Vision

St John’s Vision Project Update

Phase 2 commenced with the appointment of a Heritage Learning Officer, Joe Priestley, who works half his week at St John’s. The other half of his week was with Ripon Cathedral but is now with the National Trust at Beningborough Hall. Joe has had a number of notable successes, particularly in environmental and educational initiatives…

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…

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…

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…