Christmas 2016 and 100 Club Results

  Christmas Events at St Bart’s 2016 Many visitors were welcomed into church from late November, when a packed church took part in a short service before the village Christmas lights’  switch-on, to the last service on Christmas Day.   Carol Services, schools’ and preschool’s Christmas services, Christingle – church was full on each occasion.   On 3 December, the first Ripponden  Christmas Festival took place with the Chair of Ripponden Parish Council and Consort in attendance in the church.    Father Christmas was a very popular attraction in the community centre where there were various activities for children while they waited to … Read more…

Ladies’ Lunch & other events

Between Easter Monday and the Bank Holiday two weeks later we had a pretty busy time at St Bart’s.  On Easter Monday,  between 3.00  am  – 8.30 am the community centre was used as the final rest stop on the annual Halifax Long March in aid of Christian Aid.   A number of ‘willing’ volunteers provided refreshments and acted as marshals for the walkers. The following Saturday, the Bridge Inn held its annual Pork Pie competition and church was open for tea and coffee with a WI cake stall, a general church stall and bell tower tours.  Maybe the weather … Read more…

May Update

The results of the May draw of the 100 club are: 1st prize Richard Pettitt (50) 2nd prize Malcolm Thompson (6) 3rd prize Rachel Green (13)   On 5 May, Bank Holiday Monday, St Bart’s had another successful stall on Mill Fold as part of the 20th Ripponden Gala.  We ran a general stall and tombola, the human fruit machine and a very successful coconut shy.    Over £370 was raised. On Sunday 25 May we say goodbye to Rev Rosie Bowers at her last service within the Benefice, at 10 o’clock at Barkisland. We are all gearing up to … Read more…

Divine Feasts

Divine Feasts is a follow-up to Divine Delicacies which was produced in 2008 and raised over £2500 for the Restoration Fund.  This book also involves just about everyone in the valley, ranging from residents to local restaurants, pubs, cafes and takeaways, a farm shop, schools, a newsagents and a post office.  It includes a lot of interesting food facts, amusing accounts of feasts and quotes from literature on eating and drinking.  One of the most fascinating bits of local history in the book is how shopping has changed in the village since the 1950s.  A list has been compiled of the shops around … Read more…

Christmas Craft Fair 2012 – 17th November

ST  BARTHOLOMEW’S  CHRISTMAS  CRAFT  FAIR SATURDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2012 10.30 am – 2 pm   Arrangements for this year’s Craft Fair are well under way.  However, you will note that the starting time has been changed to 10.30 am which will give us more time to set up during the morning as time is limited on Friday evening.  We will also concentrate more on lunches, as this year we are conscious that we will not have as many craft items. The space for the “miscellaneous” table has been halved which will enable us to choose quality items to sell rather … Read more…

Rushbearing Sunday

Rushbearing Sunday     The sun shone, amazingly after the summer we’ve had and there was a pretty good turnout on Sunday afternoon.  Church was open for visitors with the annual Songs of Praise service at 5.30 pm.  Apart from  fundraising stalls for  church funds and Mothers’ Union, we were joined by Toybox, Ripponden in Bloom and Ripponden with Rishworth WI.  New this year was a very successful coconut shy, plus Play your Cards right and a raffle to win a mini by Utility Warehouse.  We also raffled a gold  Millennium Cross generously donated by Toll House Jewellery.  The total exceeded … Read more…

Concert at Ryburn Valley High School

Just two days after the garden party and duck race, the fund-raising team was in action again.  The music department of Ryburn Valley High School generously donated half the proceeds from their summer concert to church.  RVHS uses St Bart’s for its annual Christmas Carol Service and is very aware of our ongoing battle to meet costs.  This is the second time they have held their concert on our behalf.  Our involvement was providing the refreshments including home made cakes which proved very popular.   The total received so far is £139.28.    The concert was most enjoyable and, when … Read more…

Garden Party and Duck Race

  On Sunday 1 July we held our annual Garden Party & Duck Race in aid of the Restoration & Refurbishment Fund.  The weather was decidedly uncertain and some of the outdoor activities for children had to be held inside rather less successfully than we had hoped.  However, we raised over £935 which was a profit of £515 from the Duck Race, with 665 yellow ducks launched into the River Ryburn from the Pack Horse Bridge by Cllr Andrew Naylor and the Vicar, Rev Chris Wray.  As far as we know they have all been retrieved, though last year one … Read more…

West Yorkshire Police Band Concert

On 18 May, West Yorkshire Police Band held a Jubilee Concert at St Bart’s.  Unfortunately, it was not well attended and raised only £220 for the Restoration & Redevelopment Fund.  Those who were not there missed a treat as it was a superb evening’s entertainment by a very talented band.  The programme included a medley of London Songs and the Last Night of the Proms favourites: Famous Sea Shanties, Jerusalem, and Land of Hope and Glory.

Jubilee Flower Festival at St Bart’s

  Royal Wedding Over the weekend of 4 – 6 May, the Parish Council held a spectacular flower festival in church with a concert by Calderdale Big Band on the Sunday afternoon.  Proceeds will be divided between Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Restoration & Redevelopment Fund.  On 7 May, church held its usual stall at Ripponden Gala on a very cold and damp day, taking less than usual for church funds, £164.    New this year was the human fruit machine, aka the Moffat children (featured in the Halifax Courier on 9 May).  Our thanks go to them and everyone … Read more…