St Mary’s News Items

From the Registers

We gave thanks for God’s gift of life at the Funerals of Joan Cocker and Richard Burton.
We welcomed into the Church through Baptism:
Jacob Anthony Andrews
Oliver Emery
Milo Arthur Watson
Roscoe James Treco


St Mary’s Family Harvest Festival Celebration – Sunday October 6th at 10am

Donations of tinned or dry food such as rice, pasta and other non-perishable foodstuffs will be sent to the Manningham Churches


Parish Centre Coffee Morning on Saturday 12 October 9.30am

Raising money for Guide Dogs – Admission £1 to include tea/coffee and biscuits, with a raffle and Guide Dog merchandise to buy


In Memory of Richard Burton

As many of you will know, Richard Burton, one of Burley’s well-known and well-loved characters passed away in August. At his funeral service held at Rawdon Crematorium on 18th September a great number of family and friends joined together to mourn Richard’s death and remember aspects of his life.

We were blessed that day with good weather: the morning was cold and crisp and the afternoon bright and warm, a day which Richard would have loved as he enjoyed Autumn and were he able, would have no doubt taken a trip into the Dales to appreciate all the countryside has to offer at this time of year.

Those who attended included friends from Open Door, the Library, the Parish Office, St Mary’s and other Burley churches, the Coffee Station and Probus. Rev. Alastair recounted how Richard was a true Yorkshireman, liked to have lunches out with his friends, how he loved all things “historical”, had a collection of books numbering into the thousands, and how he enjoyed having good conversations with folk in Open Door. Indeed, Richard felt Open Door had, some years ago when he was depressed and reclusive, offered him a life-line and a second chance at living. Rev. Alastair reminded us that God offers us innumerable chances, no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in.

Richard will be especially remembered for his good humour, kindness to friends and newcomers to Open Door, his positivity in the face of ill-health and his generosity to local charities at the many coffee mornings he attended. He will be greatly missed.

Yvonne Mitchell