St Mary’s News Items

From the Registers

We gave thanks for God’s gift of life at the Funerals of :

Kenneth Postlethwaite

Joy Steele

Ann Millson


Lent Groups

Ecumenical groups are happening during Lent, starting the week of 2nd March. If you think you’d like to join one and would like to know more, please contact Becky Berry (email: There are daytime and evening groups plus a men’s only one! Material for the Lent Groups has been written by Rev Tim Perkins, Methodist Minister in Burley.


Lent Lunches

Every Friday to March 27th, at Burley Methodist Church from 12 noon to 1.30 pm

Homemade soup, fresh bread and a drink : Donations to Christian Aid


Christian Aid Coffee Morning

Saturday 21 March, 9.30-11.30 at Burley methodist Church

Cakes & Gifts, Fairly Traded crafts, accessories and food items on sale

Contributions to stalls, particularly home baking and gifts, would bb much appreciated

Coffee & Biscuits £1


Let your love shine in 2020

Jemima Parker, Diocese of Leeds Environment Officer

There are so many ways of showing love. You may think of Christians showing the love of Jesus through acts of compassion and service, or by their patience and perseverance in testing times. But changing your electricity supplier might not come top of the list! However, this simple act can be a surprisingly significant act of kindness.

About half of our electricity in the UK is still produced by burning fossil fuels (mostly gas and oil) to make steam to turn turbines. We need to stop burning fossil fuels as they produce carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, which is trapping too much of the sun’s energy in our atmosphere, leading to global heating.

That threatens all the things I love; my children, coffee, spring lambs in the Yorkshire Dales, sandy Yorkshire beaches, horse chestnut and beech trees, migrating birds and my warm dry home. All of them will be affected in the coming decade by climate breakdown and we all need to do something to limit its impact.

Our personal actions matter, they impact other people and nature for good or bad. We are accountable to God for all our actions and we can have more impact than we think, as other people will follow our lead.

That’s why our Bishops and others across the Diocese are pledging to Make a Difference: Make a Pledge, using the 10 Pledges to commit to personal actions that help to live out our belief that we are called to care for God’s creation. From eating a couple of meals a week of locally produced food, to finding out how to drive more efficiently, the 10 Pledges give you an action a month to help reduce your carbon footprint.

The first pledge is to switch to a green energy tariff. It’s not a big deal, but it can make a big difference.

There has been a big shift in the last 10 years. In 2010, coal, gas and oil were used to generate more than 10 times as much electricity as renewables. Since then electricity generation from renewables has more than quadrupled to around 40% of all UK electricity.

To continue the transition away from fossil fuels, energy companies need more investment and a clear message from consumers that we want our electricity from clean, renewable sources, such as solar, wind and hydro.

By switching to a 100% renewable electricity tariff, you stop giving money from your energy bill to companies who invest in burning fossil fuels, and start supporting the development of more low-carbon energy generation. You can sometimes get a better deal too while you are at it.

So, show you care about your future and all the things you love in Yorkshire and beyond, by taking the pledge to contact your electricity supplier. You can find the full list of pledges and let us know how you get on at:-

Waiting for a Miracle

This was the title of an address given by the Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines in Bradford Cathedral on Sunday, 16 February.

His talk covered a contemporary look at politics, wisdom and faith. An impressive and inspiring delivery was much appreciated by the five St Mary’s members who attended. We hope to be able to print a prècis of his talk in next month’s magazine.

In the meantime you may like to read one or all of the three books he recommended: –

• ‘Christ and the Common Life’: Political Theology and the Case for Democracy by Luke Bretherton
• ‘Faith in the Public Square’ by Rowan Williams
• ‘Dominion’: The Making of the Western Mind by Tom Holland

This address was followed by refreshments and Bishop Nick also preached at the 4pm Evensong, with visiting Heritage Singers leading the service.

Joyce Russell

The Burley-Tereli Friendship Trust celebrates its 20th Anniversary

It could have been so embarrassing ….

Everything was organised – slides ready to show – a final check and then – the bulb went on the projector! However, thanks to volunteers in the Parish Centre, help was at hand. Chris Nelson not only found time to see the computer was compatible with the TV screen but came to help set up on Sunday 26th January when Burley-Tereli Friendship Trust was celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the ’On the Line’ link with Tereli.

There was a splendid cake showing the location of both villages, displays depicting the history of the link and slides to look at.

Bruce Speed, Chairman of the Community Council in 2000 when the link was established, spoke about the importance of the Friendship Agreement between the two villages.

Mirella Moxon, Chairman of BTFT, thanked everyone for the wonderful support over the 20 years.

Sending greetings by email and a special Channel Four style video, Jon Snow personally congratulated BTFT on the success of the most unlikely link between Tereli in Mali, West Africa and Burley in Wharfedale in West Yorkshire! His keynote video was the highlight of a super and well-attended event. (For those who were unable to get, the video can be seen on Burley Parish Council website:

Mary Wood, Janet Squire, Mirella Moxon and the BTFT Trustees

St Mary’s News Items

From the Registers:

We gave thanks for God’s gift of life at the Funerals of:
Patricia Whiteley, Kathleen Wilson, Thomas Hogg, Colin Jacobs

We welcomed into the Church through Baptism: Milo Goodaire


Revision of Church Electoral Roll

In preparation for the Annual Parochial Church Meeting on the 29th March 2020, we need to update our Electoral Roll. If you have been attending St. Mary’s (including Tea and Toast) regularly for more than six months you are entitled to join our Electoral Roll. Please note that this is not a complete revision – if you are on the Electoral Roll already you do not need to do anything unless you have changed address. If you would like to be included, please pick up an application form which will be available from the Church porch and will need to be returned to the Parish Office before the lst March. Please note that you must be on the Electoral Roll to be entitled to vote at the A.P.C.M. or to stand for election to the P.C.C. A copy of the revised Electoral Roll will be displayed in the Church porch from the 15th March. If you have any queries, please contact the Electoral Roll Officer, Merel, via the Parish Centre Office on 01943 864405. Thanks a lot, Merel


Congregation Swap!

On Sunday 19 January a ‘Congregation Swap’ took place within churches in Burley. Intended as a symbolic gesture within the week of prayer for Christian Unity congregations were encouraged to visit another church service. While it is easy to stick with what you know, it is really valuable to visit other neighbouring churches to understand more about how our wider Christian family worship each week. Like myself a number of St Mary’s members choose to attend Salem, the United Reform Church in Burley. What a lovely experience it turned out to be! This beautiful little church was fairly full and we were given a warm welcome by Salem church members and the minister, Revd Jason McCullough. As a Scot I enjoyed the down to earth simplicity of the service and absence of complex liturgy. In talking with other visitors from St Mary’s the long silence following the prayers of intercession was much appreciated as was the singing of the Lord’s Prayer. The sharing of the different forms of service was a worthwhile exercise I felt, underlining the unity of Christian worship.

Joyce Russell


Your Parish Centre Needs You!

St Mary’s Parish Centre is seeking volunteers to help run our busy and welcoming community space. The Parish Centre plays a key part in community life in Burley and is run by a team of friendly, fun and supportive volunteers. If you have a little free time on your hands we would love to hear from you! Please contact the office on 864405 or call in to find out if the roles we have available might suit you. At the moment, we particularly need more people to help with our caretaking. Even if you just have a small amount of time to spare you will be welcomed with open arms! Jo Clayton, Parish Centre Manager


Christian Aid at Christmas

A big ‘Thank You’ to everyone who gave to the Christian Aid appeal this Christmas. Many of you put cards on the boards at the back of church in return for a small donation to this charity. You raised the Amazing total of £323! The appeal this Christmas is to Help mothers use their God-given gifts to escape poverty and the money is already on its way to Christian Aid. We know there are others who have given online as well so Thank You to all of you. Janet Squire & Mary Dale


Lent Lunches 2020

Do come and join us for lunch during Lent. Lent offers us a very special chance for a wonderful ecumenical venture in the form of Lunches. They give us the opportunity to share a meal with friends and to make new acquaintances around a simple meal with all the proceeds going to support those who do not share our advantages. On 5 Fridays in Lent a simple meal of homemade soup with a roll or bread followed by tea or coffee will be served at the Methodist Church between 12noon and 1.30pm. This year we will be serving Lent Lunches on February 28th, and March 6th, 13th 20th and 27th. Anyone can join us. There is no charge and all donations will be given to the work of Christian Aid.

Could you volunteer to make soup, to help or to provide rolls for the tables? St Mary’s is running lunches on March 6th and March 20th. If you can, please contact Janet Squire 862582 or Mary Dale 862662. If you are not volunteering to help perhaps you could support us by joining us and asking friends to come too. We look forward to seeing you there. Janet Squire, Mary Dale & the Christian Aid Committee


Keighley Women’s Refuge

St Mary’s Mothers’ Union is again collecting items needed by the refuge. Current requests are for pasta sauces, but not pasta or baked beans!, tea, coffee, long life milk and sugar. Also tins of tuna and instant meals which can be reconstituted with hot water. If you can collect any of these, please contact Pam Sowman 07976125690 or bring to the Parish Office bagged and labelled please. We hope to take items to the Refuge in February.


World Day of Prayer Service

You are all invited to join this year’s World Day of Prayer service, entitled “Rise, take your mat and walk”. The service has been prepared by women in Zimbabwe and they encourage us to reflect on the difficulties and unrest that have plagued their country over many years. They share the challenges they have met and the hopes they have for the future. Katiyo school in Zimbabwe is supported by one of our local Brownie packs and they will be taking part in the service. Please join us at 6.30pm, Friday 6th March at St Mary’s Church to find out more and be part of this world wide day of prayer. Mary Dale


Burley Churches Working Together

Churches working together in Burley is nothing new. But recent years have seen a closer relationship develop between church volunteers in all four churches as they strive to provide support and activities for village residents, particularly for the elderly and those who live alone. Church events on Saturday 14 December are a good example of the informal and more formal ways they work together.

The morning saw the United Reform Church, Salem Hall, become the ideal venue this year for the Methodist Church and St Mary’s Church Choir to run their Coffee Mornings jointly. This meant that they would both be able to have their December events before Christmas. In spite of the torrential rain and change of venue folk turned out to give the Methodist Church support to help them raise money for the Salvation Army. The added treat for this coffee morning was to hear St Mary’s boys and girls sing over cups of tea and coffee. Peter Collins, St Mary’s Director of Music, said that he had enjoyed working with the choir this year and seeing them make such good progress. He added, new recruits are always welcome. Contact

Within a few hours the Salem Hall was transformed into a Christmas Lunch venue. This annual event, in its 4th year, is the more formal way the churches work together. The volunteer group who organise the events to celebrate seasonal Christian festivals is called ‘Love Burley’. As usual, the traditional Christmas lunch was served to 50 guests with a joyful interval between courses to listen to the Ladies Choir sing familiar Christmas carols.Four new volunteers were helping with cooking, waitressing and driving. They all seemed to be having as much fun as the guests. When one volunteer was asked what she thought of her first experience of volunteering to help, she said that now the voting was over we must begin to work together and put our prejudices behind us. ‘Love Burley’ as part of Churches Together in Burley are doing just that. By coming together they are able to reach out beyond their own church members so that all feel part of this wonderful village community.

This year ‘Love Burley’ through the Burley Christmas Lunch, not only provided a truly lovely afternoon for local people across the village; the elderly, those living alone, the lonely and others in need of social contact, but it supported another charity in need, Western Nepal Disability Trust (WNDT). ‘Love Burley’ by purchasing small Christmas gifts from the WNDT Fairtrade Craft stall, gave support to its Palliative Care project. The gifts were then given to the Luncheon guests on departure and although the event was free guests donated over £100 to the Trust. The Trust would like to thank guests for supporting this project.

The ‘Love Burley’ Group much appreciate support of this years ‘The Christmas Lunch’ from local businesses, Tesco, Sainsburys, Co-op, Flower Academy and Morrison’s.

In fact this is but a snapshot of the way churches work together in the village throughout the year.

From The Ilkley Gazette

Sunflower Lanyards

Have you ever been out and about, maybe in a supermarket, on public transport, or even in church and noticed someone wearing a Sunflower Lanyard? A Sunflower wristband? A Sunflower badge? Each with a yellow Sunflower on a bright green background.

The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard Scheme is an initiative designed to act as a discreet sign that the wearer, or someone with them, has a hidden disability and requires additional assistance while out in public.

Not all disabilities are visible – some are not immediately obvious, such as learning difficulties, autism, chronic pain, dementia, anxiety, and speech, visual or hearing impairment. Living with a hidden disability can make daily life more demanding for many people. They affect each person in different ways and can be painful, exhausting and isolating. Without visible evidence of the hidden disability, it may be difficult for others to recognise or acknowledge the challenges faced and as a consequence, sympathy and understanding can often be in short supply.

Launched in the U.K. in 2016, The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme is starting to be recognised globally. In this country it has been adopted by all our major airports, including Leeds/Bradford, many supermarkets, railway stations, leisure facilities, in the NHS and by an increasing number of businesses and organisations. Anywhere where people meet.

Wearing a Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard indicates to other people, including staff, colleagues and health professionals that additional support, help or a little extra time and patience may be needed. It is of course entirely voluntary but available, free of charge, to anyone, including children, who would find one helpful and it is not necessary to disclose your disability. The scheme is being rolled out more widely locally. Meanwhile ask at Customer Services in any Marks and Spencer store, Sainsbury’s in Otley or at a London North Eastern Railway station ….

And I too have a small supply!

Susan Collins

News from the Dogon area of Mali

People in parts of the Dogon are finding a new way to produce a valuable commodity and increase their income, Beekeeping. The Joliba Trust is a charity working in Mali, particularly in the Dogon.

The district of Wadouba is situated in the heart of the Dogon Plateau, 35 kms from the regional town of Bandiagara on the Dogon Plateau. Kani-Gogouna is the principal village/town of the district which has 48 farming villages and 16 hamlets. The majority of the district is Dogon with 36,188 inhabitants. Wadouba is a rocky area. People live by growing cereal crops and hand-watered vegetables (mainly onions) during the dry season which is the main subsistence economy. There are frequent poor harvests due to poor and degraded soil, irregular rainfall, pests such as locusts, caterpillars and beetles, and because people have little equipment for farming. It is an area of chronic food insecurity and extreme poverty.

The zone of Wadoubou has been excellent for beekeeping in the past. Joliba Environment has been carrying out research with the local population in 11 villages in the district that are keen to work on tree planting and regeneration and on set aside ‘rewilding’ for regeneration of vital natural resources in the zone. This will be favourable to further increasing bee populations. At present wild bee colonies already exist almost everywhere as there is a good habitat for them. Bees are present in people’s courtyards, in cracks in old trees and in caves. Honey is an essential ingredient in Dogon traditional herbal medicine (which is the primary source of medical treatment for 80% of the population). Conditions are highly favourable in the Wadoubou district for successful beekeeping – it is a profitable activity for significant income generation and poverty reduction. The Dogon Plateau is one of the poorest parts of Mali which is in regular need of food aid. Burley-Téréli Friendship Trust has sent £5,000 for beekeeping projects in several villages. This will be used for training former beekeepers (men and women) in modern beekeeping techniques, equipping them with mounted top-bar hives, beekeeping suits, gloves and smokers and training women in each village in honey processing (bottling), beeswax extraction methods, the production of beeswax and shea butter ointment, and soap-making.

Burley-Téréli Friendship Trust would like to thank everyone for their support over Christmas. Cards, calendars and donations raised £2,522. At the end of November the Joliba Trust told us – ‘Many Dogon people who had migrated to better land on the pasture plains and set up new hamlets and villages have been displaced due to the conflict in Central Mali. It is about half the Dogon population who have now been forced to return to their original ancestral villages – mostly in the Sangha area near Tereli. This means that in many villages the water situation is at a crisis point where people are just drinking from ponds that will soon dry up.’ We received detailed information about 5 villages needing wells.

BTFT has decided to make water a priority for this year when we are celebrating 20 years of linking. £10,000 was sent in December for two wells – the money raised over Christmas will go towards a third well.

Our sincere thanks to everyone for the continued support that helps BTFT fund such vital projects.

Mary Wood, Janet Squire and the BTFT Trustees

St Mary’s News Items

From the Registers

We gave thanks for God’s gift of life at the Funeral of Geoffrey Roe

We welcomed into the Church through Baptism:
Nathan David Kettlewell
Bridie Blue Gilmore
Hunter Reece Gilmore


Christian Aid this Christmas

Once again, boards will be put up on the wall at the back of church and in exchange for a small donation you can wish everyone in the congregation a Happy Christmas by pinning a Christmas card to one of the boards at the back of church. Use the envelopes for your gift and return them to Janet Squire, Mary Dale, a churchwarden, or place them on the collection plate.

A Traidcraft catalogue is available to borrow from the back of church for Christmas orders. Christmas cards, gifts and alternative gifts are all available.

Janet Squire


Your Magazine

The Parish Magazine team hope that all those who receive a copy continue to enjoy the content and find something in it that interests them. As with everything else, costs do increase, and therefore we are proposing to increase the price of your magazine from 40p to 50p from February 2020. We trust that you will be happy with this and consider it still worth every penny!
If you have anything that you would like to contribute to the magazine, or ideas for topics that we might include, please don’t be shy, get in touch with Gill Whiting, David and Pam Sowman, Sue and Vernon Whelan or Kelvin Newberry.


Christmas Services at St Mary’s

1st December
10:45am Family Posada Service
6:00pm Advent Carols

Sunday 15th December
6:00pm Carols by Candlelight

Sunday 22nd December
Christingle making for all congregations after a short Tea and Toast service
Please do come and help – it is loads of fun and a great chance to get to know each other more

Christmas Eve 24th December
3:00 and 5:00pm Christingle Services
11:30pm Midnight Communion

Christmas Day 25th December
8:00am Communion Service
9:00am Family Crib Service
10:00am Festival Communion Service


Tree of Remembrance

Once again, this Christmas there will be a Tree of Remembrance in church. If you have lost someone close and would like to remember them this Christmas you are invited to decorate the tree with the names of those you love by writing on one of the card decorations. The Tree will remain in place throughout Advent and Christmas. You may add to it at any time.

Janet, Merel and Sally


World Day of Prayer 2020

World Day of Prayer Coffee Morning at St. Mary’s Parish Centre
Saturday 11th January 2020
9.30am – 11.30am
Cakes, Tombola and more….
Coffee and biscuits £1
Proceeds to WDP and Katiyo school, Zimbabwe

The next service, to which all are invited, will be held on Friday 6th March 2020, 6.30pm at St Mary’s Church.

The Day of Prayer is celebrated in over 170 countries. World Day of Prayer is an international inter-church organisation which enables us to hear the thoughts of women from all parts of the world: their hopes, concerns and prayers. The preparation for the day is vast. An international committee is based in New York and there are national committees in each participating country. Regional conferences meet to consider the service and then local groups make their plans.

The next service is prepared by the women of Zimbabwe and our local ecumenical committee is beginning to make plans for our 2020 service. Please note the date. There will be more information later, but please do save the date in March and support the coffee morning on Saturday 11th January, from 9.30 – 11.30am in the Parish Centre.

Mary Dale