Jim Shipman

01423 772735

Commemorative Supper Concert: this will be held in memory of Kate Clarkson and Ian Paxton on Saturday, September 14 at 7.30pm. Music will be by Charles Edmonson (piano and organ) and friends. For further details and programme please see posters out soon. Please put this date in your diary to commemorate these two very dear former members of our congregation at St James’s.

Christian Aid Week: this event was a huge success again this year, due to the generosity of you all. During the week of May 12-19 a group of volunteers went all around the village of Birstwith, knocking on doors asking for donations. These amounted to the grand total of £1,544.06, which is fantastic. Thank you to all of you who helped with collections and/or made donations. It was a great achievement for our church and village to collect such a wonderful total, and is gratefully received by the charity. Your generosity will help many people in poverty, out of poverty. Thank you all once again and we look forward to next year. Sam Bradley.

Coffee Morning: this will be held in St James’s Church Hall on Wednesday, August 14 from 10-11.30am. There will be coffee/tea, cakes and chat - please come along and bring a friend!

Birstwith History: the following are extracts from The History of the Parish Birstwith, by CS Greenwood published in 1907. ‘The Church possesses a peal of six bells. At the consecration there were only three, one of which, the large tenor bell, was given by the Rev Thomas Stanforth, who intended it to have been specially cast with an inscription in raised letters, but Mr Hawkins, the architect, found the bell ready cast as the model for the “Great Ben” in the Houses of Parliament, and he arranged to buy it for Mr Staniforth. Two more bells were added by the Founder about 1860, and the sixth bell was presented by the Rev CR Baskett in 1905. They were all cast and hung by Warner, of London. The bells were re-hung in 1873 and again in 1905. There is an apparatus fixed to enable all the bells to be chimed by one person. Small hammers strike the outer side of the bell, and the ropes connected with these hammers are brought together into a frame, and so arranged that one man can pull them. The apparatus is not to supercede or interfere with the ordinary bell ringing, but it is for use at weekday services, &c., when all the ringers cannot be present. The louvre boards in the belfry are of stone, and not, as is usual, of wood. As they were being fixed, one slipped and fell to the ground, and nearly caused the death of a workman. It has always been the custom to commemorate the Founder by ringing the bells on his birthday, January 15’.