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Below you will find some of the latest updates from around the Nidd Valley Circuit. For previous updates, please refer to the News Archive

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Posted on: Mon, 29 May 2017

Scotton Churches Together

Scotton Churches Together continue with the monthly village coffee mornings and during Lent we arranged a soup lunch at chapel which over 20 people attended. Then on Good Friday we walked from the village hall to St Thomas’ with Revs. Ann and Camilla, who carried the cross and did various appropriate readings along the route.  After a short service at church we went to chapel for refreshments, obviously hot cross buns!!.

One of our new members suggested having a cross outside  chapel for the duration of Lent and then on Easter Sunday we decorated the cross with flowers in celebration of the risen Lord.  We also had a wooden cross in chapel and each week during Lent we added symbols to the cross. Most of our members were able to take part  during the course of Lent.

Our annual Hymnathon was held recently and was a great success, with a good attendance.  Catherine from Action for Children came along and gave a presentation on the work of Action for Children and in particular the work they are involved in at Linton-on-Ouse.  A total of £187.20  was raised for the project.

We  now look forward to our annual coffee morning  on Saturday 17 June from 10am to 12noon and also Strawberry Tea on Sunday 9 July in the afternoon.                                                       

Janice Spink



Posted on: Wed, 24 May 2017

Harrogate Town Trail

In February members of our Mission and Heritage group joined St. Peter’s Archive Group and the minister from West Park URC for discussions. We talked about the idea of developing a town trail for visitors to Harrogate, and gave some thought as to how we could use the heritage of our churches for mission in the town centre.  This idea was formulated when last year’s Vice President of Conference, Jill Barber, visited Wesley and enthused some of us with her ideas for heritage and mission.

Since then the ecumenical group has met several times and there is much enthusiasm to produce a town trail.  We have sought the advice of local historian Malcolm Neesam and are now at the stage of requesting quotations for the setting up and printing of a suitable leaflet for visitors to the town. We will begin in a small way, involving just the three churches initially, and will gradually incorporate other interested churches that are not quite in the town centre.

Judith Yeats


Posted on: Wed, 24 May 2017

Dementia-Friendly Churches

You may remember in a previous edition of Nidd Valley News that Wesley Chapel had invited two speakers, Rev. Dr Albert Jewell and Rev. Gaynor Hammond, to help us understand more about dementia and consider the opportunities, benefits and challenges of seeking to respond to the needs of individuals and their families, directly or indirectly, affected by dementia.  

Following on from this the congregation at Wesley Chapel is seeking to gain help to start activities in support of people living directly and indirectly with dementia.  A meeting of interested people is to be arranged with the help of Dementia Forward after which it is hoped that a steering group will be established to move things forward. If you are interested please contact Les Sudron (Senior Steward). Telephone 01423 797406, or e-mail

Les Sudron

Posted on: Wed, 24 May 2017