Book Sale

Our Annual Bumper Book Sale is going ahead on Sat 7th and Sun 8th September 2019. As this is our main fund raising event at St James we would be grateful for donations of any books which can be left at the back of church, it is open everyday.


Sunday 15th April             Easter 3

12 noon        Northallerton Town Hall


No services in local churches

From 12 noon onwards all the churches in the area will gather for a big picnic, looking beyond our church walls to pray and worship together with Archbishop Sentamu, and share stories of faith and God’s call in our lives.. Please bring a friend and some food.


We hope you will take the opportunity to attend the events and meet the Archbishop.

The only event which requires prior notification that you wish to attend is the Saturday evening “Supper with Sentamu” event at Romanby Golf Club.

The event is in aid of Farming Community Network and will involve a two course meal and a talk by the Archbishop. Tickets are £25 and can be obtained from Roger Bennett (01609 882107 or or Peter Gardner (01609 882801 or

Music at Junction 50

Solo Recital : Music at Junction 50
Thursday 9th May 2019

7pm Baldersby St. James Church, YO7 4PT

One girl, four harps! A recital of dance-themed repertoire using a 47-string modern Horngacher, an Erard from 1895, a clarsach from California and a 22-string baby harp.

Tickets on the door.

With a passion for chamber music, Mary has recently started giving recitals with soprano Camilla Jeppeson as one half of the Voce47 duo. Mary founded Zamira Duo with violinist Tansy Garrod and in other chamber groups Mary has performed the world premieres of ‘Black Roses’ by Martin Gaughan (mandolin/harp) and ‘Panoply’ by Richard Bissell (harp duet/flute). She performed alongside Christopher Hogwood in a Gresham College lecture-recital, and has featured several times in the Royal Academy’s Tuesday Chamber Music Series.

Mary also loves performing to those who might otherwise never hear classical music: in schools, churches and hospices. Mary performs through the Live Music Now scheme, founded by Yehudi Menuhin, giving participatory performances for adults in dementia care homes and children with special education needs. Currently, Mary is involved as a music specialist at Tuke School, Peckham for the whole of 2019 as well as giving workshops as one half of Duo94 with harpist Tomos Xerri. She is also a Concordia Foundation artist.

Thursday 3rd October.  Nikolsky Ensemble.

The origin of the name “Nikolsky” comes from St. Nicholas male monastery choir (in Russian [Nikolsky muzhskoy monastir]). They hire professional musicians to decorate the service. Most of us met while working there.
St. Nicholas of Myra is the patron saint of travelers. Being touring musicians we do a lot of traveling. Russian adjective “Nikolsky” also includes meaning of being under patronage of St. Nicholas.

We sing a cappella. Our voices are the only instruments we use!
As a rule, the first part of our concert is devoted to Russian Orthodox Church music written by our famous classical composers since 17th century. In the second part we sing Russian folk and secular songs.
In spite of the fact that our audience cannot always understand Russian, the beauty of melodies helps to overcome language barrier. People often recognize Rachmaninov “Hail Mary” from Vespers, world-known “Volga Boatmen”, “Kalinka”, etc… Our performance displays a range of emotions and zooms-in the “Russian Soul”.

Archbishops’ Joint Pastoral Letter

Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse: Archbishop’s letter

The Archbishops of York and Canterbury have written a joint Pastoral Letter for wide circulation following the end of the hearing which took place over the last three weeks as part of the Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).

“We are writing to you to ask for your prayers as Holy Week begins and as the Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse has finished its hearing into matters in the Diocese of Chichester. Please will you pray this Holy Week especially for all those involved, and for all affected by safeguarding issues.”

Archbishops Sentamu and Justin hope that their letter can either be read out or distributed in churches this weekend and at the start of Holy Week.

“We take very seriously all that has been heard by the Inquiry. Archbishop Justin said when he gave evidence last week that he had learned again through listening and reading the evidence given to the Inquiry, that we must not simply say sorry, but that we must also take action that demonstrates clearly that we have learnt the lessons. It is a fact that Bishops and Archbishops are now rightly required to listen, learn and act in accordance with safeguarding legislation and good practice.”

Lent Lunches

Topcliffe Village Hall

Wednesdays: 28th Feb, 7th March, 14th March, 21st March.

12.15pm – 1.15pm

Free lunch but donations to the Christian Aid would be welcome.

We are also collecting dried/tinned foods and toiletries for Church Clock.

Everyone welcome.

Lent Courses 2018

The meetings will be on four Wednesdays in Lent:

Wednesday 21st February: In an era of “false news”.

Hold to the truth “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbour”.

Wednesday 28th February: In an era when possessions define many people.

Prosper with a clear conscience “You shall not steel”.

Wednesday 7th March: In an era of violence and hatred.

Manage your anger “You shall not murder”.

Wednesday 14th March: In an era of self-centeredness.

Live by priorities “You shall have no other gods before me”.

All meetings are in Topcliffe at Linda Carver’s house. Starting at 7pm and finishing at 9pm.

Dalton 150 – Pancake Race.

Dalton 150

Our 150th Anniversary year got off to a rousing start on Sunday 21st January, as the Thirsk Royal British Legion Band led our Songs of Praise helping us to look back over our heritage and gave thanks for all that has been. The service included two hymns that were written by a previous vicar of St John’s, The Rev’d Sabine Baring-Gould – ‘Onward, Christian Soldiers’, and ‘Now the day is over’. Thanks to those of you who braved some very inclement weather to get there. It was good to be joined by a cross-section of members of the community and representatives of the other churches in the benefice.

The next event is a

Shrove Tuesday

Pancake Race,

to be held in the Village Hall

on Tuesday 13th February

at 5.30pm.

pancakes – races – quiz – prizes

All ages welcome!


Messy Church

The next Messy Church

will be on

Palm Sunday, 25th March,

at 2.00pm

at Dalton

a Dalton 150 event