Barbara Rickards

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Cricket: Bishop Thornton 1st team away to Masham on August 10, 2nd team home to Spennithorne

Music Cup /Shield: the Hilda Thomson music cup winners for 2013 are Benjamin Collins St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, and Joseph Simpson Bishop Thornton Primary School. The Frank Sowray Memorial Shield was won by Will Stobbs

Visit: a group of parishioners from St John’s Church Bishop Thornton and St Michael Church Markington took up the invitation from the clergy, and staff and congregation at Ripon Cathedral to Evensong. Everyone was made very welcome and enjoyed the most interesting talk and tour led by Canon Paul Greenwood, followed by a delicious afternoon tea. It was good to join in worship at the Solemn Evensong of St Peter the Apostle which also celebrated the anniversary of the dedication of the cathedral by St Wilfred in 672. Members of our congregation read the lessons and led the prayers. St John’s parishioners are looking forward to welcoming the friends form the cathedral to Evensong in Bishop Thornton in the near future

Announcement: the churchwardens of the Benefice of Bishop Thornton, Burnt Yates, Markington, Ripley and South Stainley welcome the Rev Paul Hartford as the appointed vicar of the united benefice. Everyone is looking forward to welcoming Paul, Sarah and their family. His licensing is to take place on Tuesday, October 15 at 7.30pm. The former incumbent Simon Talbot who looked after all the parishes has moved from Epsom where he has been for 12 years to be priest in charge of Great Shelford Cambridge

Church Services: St John’s CE Church Bishop Thornton August 11 11.15am Eucharist, August 18 10am Family Services .St Joseph’s Catholic Church Bishop Thornton 6pm Saturday Vigil Mass, 10am Sunday Mass. 9.30pm Weekdays Masses.

School News: the whole school from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School visited Fountains Abbey to celebrate Mass on St Benedict’s Day, where three members of the school read and a further two took part in the offertory procession. This was followed by a lovely picnic by the Abbey ruins which everyone enjoyed.

Money Raised: over £200 was raised at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School barbecue, all the proceeds will be going towards the £5,305 building and improvements which is scheduled to commence over the summer. Thank you goes to the parents who organised the event, staff and families and parishioners who attended the event, which made it a very successful evening on a nice summer evening

Events: Daniel from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School was the winner of the programme design for the sport and feast day this year. Congratulations went to William from the school who was first Year 4 boy home in the Cluster Cross Country competition, a great achievement.

Year 6 Leavers: The Year 6 leavers from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School celebrated their final afternoon by organising a party, they brought in a paddling pool and played games on the field. The afternoon finished with a surprise ice cream van visit.

Magazine: items wanted for the September parish magazine by Monday, August 19 to JA Gant, Meadow View, Colber Lane, Bishop Thornton; Telephone or Fax 01423 772617 or 07503151503 or email

Sharing Information: there is a lack of communication in sharing the information for the magazine and the local column in the Nidderdale Herald, if you passed on to one why not pass on twice This is a way to help the parish and publicise your events or fundrisings. It’s a lot easier now to share information by email at and We do have to write the column in advances, or why not send any programmes you already have if that is easier.