What Else We Do At St Johns

Highlights of what else we do at St John's Church, Knaresborough


Macmillan Coffee Morning, September 2013, raises over £1400


The Macmillan Coffee Morning held at Holy Trinity Church Hall in Knaresborough raised £1406.21.  The event was opened by Richard Charters, who's wife Vera organised the first Macmillan coffee morning in Knaresborough 20 years ago.  Although Vera sadly passed away6 years ago, members of  different churches in Knaresborough get together to organise the fundraising coffee morning every year.


The Institution, Induction and Installation of Garry Hinchcliffe Wednesday 2nd October 2013

The Induction of the new Team Rector, Reverend Garry Hinchcliffe took place at St John's Church on the 2nd October by James, Bishop of Knaresborough with Revd Nicholas Henshall, Acting Archdeacon of Richmond and The Area Dean. Each of the 4 churches in the Knaresborough Team Ministry presented Garry with offerings ranging from honey from Breaton, choir jumpers, a Viking drinking horn, champagne and a teddy! Many persons formally welcomed Garry into his new post including MP Andrew Jones, Tony Handley Deputy Mayor of Knaresborough, representives from the local Churches, Police, Schools, Guides & Brownies and Rotary. The evening was finished off with a wonderful welcoming reception.



Churches Together - Ladies Bed Race Team Saturday June 8th 2013

The bedrace theme for this year was Myths and legends, we chose to decorate our bed as the loch ness monster, we were lucky enough to have a real piper to play as we scottish danced during the parade.
On the Sunday before the bedrace, the congregation of St Mary's RC church welcomed the congregation of St Johns into their garden for Coffee and bacon sandwiches. Father William, the priest from St Mary's RC church blessed our bed and prayed for the safety of everyone involved in the race


Hog Roast and Classic Car Show June 2013


In brilliant sunny weather again! the annual Hog Roast and Classic Car Show was another huge success. Many classic car owners displayed their fabulous cars whilst enjoying the delicious Hog Roast.

Tasty cakes with Tea & Coffee was served along with a local beer and Pimms making it a great fundraising day with monies raised going towards St Johns Choir and The Hub refurbmishment project. Many Thanks to all who took part, the sun shine has been ordered again for next year!


Reverend Darryl Hall, New Appointment  as the Vicar of the United Parish of Upper Nidderdale

On Wednesday 19th June 2013 the splendid induction of The Reverend Darryl Hall as Vicar to the United Parish of Upper Nidderdale took place by John, Bishop of Ripon and Leeds at St Cuthbert's Church Pateley Bridge.It was also attended by the Acting Archdeacon of Richmond Revd Nicholas Henshall, the Area Dean Reverend Matthew Evans, previous Knaresborough Team Clergy Canon Elizabeth Sewell & Revd Sue Reilly and an abudance of collegues, friends, family and new and old congregation members.

Bishop John led the brilliant service where gifts of bread, sweets and maps, pies and sausages, tea and cake were offered by the congretation of Upper Nidderdale. Revd Darryl Hall and his family were given a special warm welcome where the choir sang an Irish Anthem. The evening was finished off with a wonderful reception at the Memorial Hall where Revd Darryl Hall was joined by so many collegues, friends and family.

We wish Reverend Darryl Hall every success in his new role and offer many sincere Thank yous for all your work in the Knaresborough Parish.


Top Left - Revd Darryl Hall receiving gifts of bread, sweets and a map, pies and sausages, tea and cake. 

Top Right - (left to right) Acting Archdeacon of Richmond Revd Nicholas Henshall, John Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, Revd Darryl Hall, Area Dean Matthew Evans

Left - Revd Darryl Hall with his wife Sharon and family receiving a warm welcome

A message from Revd Darryl Hall proceeding the Induction (June 2013)  :-

Can we express the Hall family's gratitude once more to all the parishioners that came to support us at my induction in Pateley Bridge and for those who were unable to come but whose thoughts and prayers we knew we had. It was a moving service made very special by the presence and support of my friends and colleagues from Knaresborough, Goldsborough and Brearton. 
Our prayers are with you all as you look to your own future as a parish.
With thanks,
St Cuthbert's Church Pately Bridge http://www.thechurchinthedale.com/
Reverend Darryl's last service in the Knaresborough Anglican Team was on 26th May 2013 at 4pm for St John's, Knaresborough Choral Evensong.
Sharon Foster (Church Warden) giving Thanks, Best Wishes and leaving gift to Reverend Darryl.
Darryl showing signed picture of "the view from his bedroom window"  (Knaresborough Castle) Mr and Mrs Hall - We wish you and your family all our best wishes in your new role.
A message from Reverend Darryl (June 2013)- 

Dear all, we are settling in nicely in Pateley Bridge and the boxes are almost all unpacked now. We all wanted to say a huge 'thank you' for a really special send off and the generous gifts we received from you. We love sitting on the bench looking over at the other side of the valley and we think of you all often. The beautiful picture given to us by St John's is currently getting framed and we are looking forward to hanging it in its place soon. It was a privilege to minister in the Parish of Knaresborough with a great team of colleagues and to such wonderful people, thank you for the opportunity. We look forward to seeing you soon. Many thanks once again,

Darryl, Sharon, Thomas and William.


Reverend Sue Reilly licensed as Priest in Charge to the Parish of Chevington


On Wednesday 12th June 2013 the licensing of Reverend Sue Reily as Priest in Charge of St John the Divine, Chevington (http://www.stjohnchevingtononline.co.uk)  was held. Reverend Sue Reily was joined by her family and friends from Knaresborough where she received a very warm welcome from her new parishoners. We wish Reverend Sue Reily all the best in her new venture.


From left to right - The Archdeacon of Lindisfarne - The Ven Peter J.A. Robinson, The Assistant Bishop - The Rt Revd Frank White, Reverend Sue Reily, The Area Dean. From left to right - Dr Wilfred Mulryne - St John the Baptist Knaresborough Diocesan Reader, Canon Elizabeth Sewell - former Team Rector of Knaresborough Parish, The Assistant Bishop - the Rt Revd Frank White, Reverend Sue Reily, Reverend Darryl Hall - former curate of Knaresborough Parish.


Reverend Sue Reilly has been appointed as Priest in Charge to the Parish of Chevington in the Diocese of Newcastle, Northumberland. On Saturday 30th March a delightful Shared Supper and exciting Easter Egg hunt was held at St Johns Church Hall. Reverend Esther Foss, Reverend Darryl Hall and Church Warden Sharon Foster gave words of thanks and special wishes to Sue on her new adventures. Many best wishes on your new challenge and venture




James, Bishop of Knaresborough at St John the Baptist


A Service of Confirmation, the Admission of Baptised Children to Communion and the Re-licensing of Diocesan Readers took place on 10th February 2013 at St John the Baptist Knaresborough by James, Bishop of Knaresborough. 

In an enlighting service by the Bishop, Rachel, Katie, Joan, Jason and Fiona were confirmed. Isabel, Joshua, Imogen, Daniel, William, Alasdair, Olivia, Martha and Joshua were admitted to Holy Communion. And Wilfred and Marilyn were re-licensed as Diocesan Readers to the Parish.


Rector Appointed as Canon in Ripon Cathedral

A truly magnificent evening was had at the Installation and Collation of Reverend Elizabeth Sewell to new Canon Pastor and Canon Educator at Ripon Cathedral on January 31st 2013. The Choral Evensong was sung by the Cathedral Choir, Choir of St John the Baptist Knaresborough and the children from Ripon Cathedral C or E Primary School and Knaresborough St John C of E Primary School.

We wish Canon Elizabeth all the very best in her new role and she goes with our prayers and gratitude for her ministry with us. 


 With trebles of the St John the Baptist Choir With Canon Keith Punshon (left) and Dean Keith Jukes (right) of the Cathedral

With members of the 1st Knaresborough Rangers

With pupils of Knaresborough St John's C of E and Ripon Cathedral Primary Schools



Parish Player's Pantomime 2012

Many thanks to everyone who supported this year's Parish Player's Pantomime, 'Ali Baba and the 4 Tea Thieves.' We were taken on a journey of romance, comedy and thriller as we came to know, love and love to hate the characters. Thanks to Sue and Hilary Mawhinney for directing the unruly cast, to Geoff Ward for props and staging, to Richard Charters for his excellent accompaniment on the piano and to Sarah Ward for the following photographs. Thank you to all the cast and for those who often drift by without mention but who nonetheless play an integral part in making the panto so memorable. From the Pie-man (AKA Rev. Darryl).





with special thanks to Sarah Ward for permission to use these photographs.



Queens Diamond Jubilee 2012

As part of a nationwide celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee the Parish of Knaresborough joined in with the Big Picnic. Despite the seasonal and traditional Bank Holiday weather we showed true British spirit and enjoyed a wonderful barbeque. Well done everyone who made it to this event.