The 2022 Annual Meeting of Parishioners and Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) for the Parish of Upper Wharfedale and Littondale took place by Zoom on Wednesday, April 27. The meetings were chaired by the Vicar, the Rev Tom Lusty. Jane Way from Buckden and Rebecca Ward-Dooley from Arncliffe were elected as new Church Wardens. Andrew Hitchon was re-elected as a Church Warden. Jackie Yarrow has stood down as a Church Warden but has been elected as a member of the Parochial Church Council (PCC). Deirdre Halsall has stood down as Senior Sidesperson at Hubberholme and also from the PCC. Hilary Follows has stood down as Senior Sidesperson at Arncliffe and also from the PCC. New team arrangements are being made to cover the work they have been doing at their Churches. Sue Nelson was re-elected as Senior Sidesperson at Kettlewell and Philip Butterfield was re-elected as Senior Sidesperson at Conistone. Sandie Parsons has stood down as a member of the PCC. Lay members of the PCC who were elected at yesterday’s meeting are Keith Jeddere-Fisher, Judy Burgin and Josephine Foster. Ex officio PCC members are Pauline Thompson and Patsy Campbell (Lay Readers), Nick Davies (Treasurer), Kathryn Butterfield (Safeguarding Officer), and the Rev Di Blakey Williams (Retired Clergy). The Parish’s representatives on the Skipton Deanery Synod are Jane Way, Caroline Johnston and Sarah Paul. There are 110 people on the Electoral Roll for the Parish as a whole, of whom 86 are residents and 24 are non-residents.
Mason helps to make it a memorable Palm Sunday Procession
Pictures show, left, Mason the Donkey being carried in the procession and, right, the Bishop of Ripon with Mason in Buckden
OUR first Palm Sunday Procession since 2019 proved to be a memorable and joyful occasion. The Bishop of Ripon, the Right Rev Helen-Ann Hartley, returned to lead an event which was one of the many that had to be cancelled due to the pandemic for the past two years. With donkeys and ponies in high demand on this weekend it looked as though our procession would not have any four-legged participants this year, but our Vicar, the Rev Tom Lusty, borrowed the fibreglass donkey which normally resides outside the Fox and Hounds in Starbotton. This proved to be an inspired decision. The donkey joined people gathering for the start of the procession on Buckden Village Green and it was then decided to take him with us on the walk to Hubberholme, with a few people taking turns to carry him. One of the younger participants named him Mason, and he even joined in the Service at the end in St Michael and All Angels Church. About 70 people took part in the procession on a lovely sunny morning and the Church was also very well attended to hear a Service which was led by the Bishop. She recounted another recent close encounter with a 'four-legged friend', when she was called upon to help rescue a sheep stuck in some mud near her home. * There is also an article on the Diocese of Leeds website about Palm Sunday events, including our procession. You can find this by going to the bottom of this page and clicking on the Diocesan News link.
Pictures show, top left and right, worship on Buckden Village Green; above left, walking from Buckden to Hubberholme; above right, the Bishop, Mason and friend during the Service in St Michael and All Angels Church - Pictures by Ian Smith
Host of events planned for cathedral anniversary
MORE than a thousand years of worship are being celebrated this year with a series of exciting events at Ripon Cathedral. The cathedral is marking 1,350 years since its consecration by St Wilfrid. The Anglo-Saxon crypt is the only part that remains from the original building, but the crypt is also the oldest built area of any cathedral in England, and it is still in use today. To mark this historic milestone a whole series of events is planned, encompassing music and art and ranging from historical lectures to a beer festival, all kicked off with a launch weekend starting on April 28. To find out more, go to www.riponcathedral.org.uk/1350th/
Archbishop presents honour for 'outstanding' work during pandemic
The Smith family at Lambeth Palace. Dr Sally Smith, centre left; the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, centre right; Dr Ian Smith, far right; and Anandi, Sally and Ian's daughter, far left. Below right, the Cross of St Augustine.
ONE of our Parishioners has received a special award from the Archbishop of Canterbury for her outstanding work during the Coronavirus pandemic. Dr Sally Smith, from Arncliffe, was presented with the Cross of St Augustine, one of the highest honours in the Church of England, by the Most Rev Justin Welby in a ceremony on Tuesday (March 8) at Lambeth Palace. The citation for Sally's award reads as follows: Dr Sally Smith – The Cross of St Augustine for Services to the Anglican Communion For outstanding service to support the Communion’s pandemic response, including through the Global Covid-19 Task Force "Dr Sally Smith has given outstanding service to the Anglican Communion during the pandemic, playing a leading role on the Covid-19 Global Task Force, convened by the Anglican Alliance. The Global Task Force has supported the Anglican family of churches and agencies as they each respond in their own context to this public health crisis, with its related social and economic impacts, especially in the most vulnerable communities. This collaborative work has built on international technical expertise, including Sally’s own expertise in the role of faith in responding to pandemics. "As part of the Global Task Force, Sally led on shaping a strategic framework on how to support the Communion through the pandemic. This has served to build stronger connections to promote shared learning and access to technical knowledge. Dr Sally’s background working with faith partners through UNAIDS on HIV and the World Health Organisation on Ebola and now Covid-19 have brought key health expertise to inform the Anglican response. Her specific contribution has been to highlight the importance of building a technical response on faith foundations and to analyse how the various structures of the Communion can be resourced to greatest effect in the pandemic response. "During this period, Sally identified with others the need to connect and mobilise health experts across the Communion. She has worked tirelessly to launch the Anglican Health and Community Network, along with the three Co-Convenors. This included a series of webinars across the Communion on Covid vaccines. In essence, Sally has served to help build strong technical and faith foundations to the Global Task Force’s work in supporting the Communion’s pandemic response." Sally received her honour as part of the 2022 Lambeth Awards, which recognised the contributions of 37 recipients across four continents. She was accompanied at the ceremony by her husband, Dr Ian Smith, and their daughter, Anandi. Afterwards Sally said: “I must say it was a complete surprise, and I am both honoured and humbled by the award as I much prefer to stay invisible and ‘behind the scenes’. "It was also an honour to receive this award on International Women’s Day - recognising the work of so many women and men over the last two years in the Anglican Alliance, and the Anglican Health and Community Network, including Rev Canon Rachel Carnegie, Dr Janice Tsang, Bishop Michael Beasley, Bishop Luke Pato, and many others. "Anglicans and people from other faith traditions as well as colleagues in WHO, have supported the engagement of faith partners from all traditions in responses to Covid-19 based on both accurate scientific information and faith. Thanks to such a great crowd of witnesses and hard-working colleagues.” For the full story on the award, see the May edition of The Link.
Thanks and best wishes for departing PCC member
A PRESENTATION has been made to Susi Swire, a former member of our Parochial Church Council (PCC) and Sidesperson at St Mary's, Kettlewell, to thank her for her service to the Parish. Susi was a member of the former Kettlewell and Conistone PCC, as well as the current Upper Wharfedale and Littondale PCC. She has resigned from her roles with the Parish because she is leaving the area. One aspect of our Parish life in which she took particular interest was the Kettlewell Churchyard Project and the creation of the Labyrinth in the churchyard at St Mary’s. This involvement went back to 2017, when she helped to lay out a classical labyrinth in the stubble of the meadow. She also helped with the design of the stone Labyrinth and played an important role in other aspects of the Churchyard Project, including working on the documentation which led to its acceptance as a Small Pilgrim Place on the UK SPP Network. Susi was presented with a letter of thanks from the PCC, a book token and a potted plant, towards the end of the Service at Kettlewell on Sunday, February 20.
Award recognises creativity and imagination in churchyard
From left, the Rev Tom Lusty, the Rev Di Blakey Williams, Sue Nelson and David Nelson
The Rev Tom Lusty, the Rev Di Blakey Williams and Sue and David Nelson represented St Mary’s Church, Kettlewell, at the recent AGM of CPRE The Countryside Charity, to receive the award for The Best North Yorkshire Churchyard 2021. After the award giving one of the trustees remarked on how visiting Kettlewell Churchyard had given her real hope for the possibilities churchyards offer within local communities. We came away confirmed in our experience that sensitively managed and creatively and imaginatively thought out churchyards across the country, can be places of contemplation, beauty and peace for we humans and welcoming, safe places for birds and small animals who seek sanctuary, food and habitat within their boundaries.
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A DALES PRAYER
May the Father's grace abound in you as the flowing water of the beck.
May the Son's love and hope invigorate you as the rising slopes of fell and dale.
May the Spirit's companionship be with you as the glory of the golden meadows.
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