St Mary’s News Items

From the Registers

We welcomed into the Church through Baptism: Sienna and Leo Moore

We gave thanks for God’s gift of life at the Funerals of: John Francis, Margaret Glover, Robert Auty, Joyce Arundell


St. Mary’s New Director of Music

As the New Director of Music, I would like to thank you all for the very warm welcome you have given to me.

Born on the wrong side of the Pennines, I moved to London 42 years ago to study at The Royal College of Music and stayed in the South East until this Summer. I have had many wonderful opportunities over the years, both in teaching and performing, including playing ànd conducting in most of the Cathedrals in this Country and also those
in Paris, Rome, Venice and Malta. More important is that I married Fenella and we have Eleanor who now lives in Belfast.

I am really looking forward to working with you all and I hope that we can further develop the music at Saint Mary’s.

Peter Collins


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 – A Change of Name

For many years Burley and Menston have been active in Women’s World Day of Prayer movement. From May of this year the word Women’s has been removed from the title in England, Wales and Northern Ireland thus following the movement in the rest of the world.

World Day of Prayer – a women led, global, ecumenical movement.

The service on 1st March, 2019, has been written by women from Slovenia and will be held at 6.30pm in Menston Methodist church. More information of this in the February magazine, but we do hope you will be able to join us.

Mary Dale – Branch Secretary


Chox ‘n’ Sox for Bradford Soup Run

The Bradford Soup Run, a registered charity, is non-political and non-denominational. All who work on it are volunteers – none receive salaries.

The Bradford Soup Run receives no government grants and the trustees of the charity wish it to remain independent from any form of funding which could challenge that independence, preferring instead to rely on the generosity of individuals and groups and their belief in the work of the Soup Run.

This Christmas we are asking for donations to support their `Chox ‘n’ Sox’ campaign. As the name suggests, this can be different bars/blocks/boxes of chocolates and large sized socks to provide needed warmth and protection from the elements for the homeless.

The closing date for donations is 18th December 2018. Either bring your donations to the Parish Centre, Church, or direct to Karen Selby at 56 Ben Rhydding Rd, Ilkley  tel 600843.

The Chox ‘n’ Sox collection in Burley was initiated and organised for many years by Robert and Margaret Auty, and since Robert has recently passed away I want to continue the collection in his memory.

Karen Selby