Bridlington Deanery stretches from Flamborough in the east to Kilham in the west, and is made up of rural and seaside villages, as well as the town of Bridlington. Bridlington is a minor sea fishing port with a working harbour and is well known for its shellfish. It has a mix of small businesses across the manufacturing, retail and service sectors with its prime trade being tourism during the summer months. Find out more about the churches in Bridlington Deanery here.
Bridlington harbour was proud to host to the Archbishop of York as he continued his six-month Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing across the Diocese of York.
Archbishop Sentamu spoke with Judi Murden at BBC Radio Humberside whilst at Coffee Mates on his Pilgrimage of Prayer Witness & Blessing at Bridlington. They talked about timing it right to watch the lobster catch coming in at Bridlington Harbour. Archbishop Sentamu spoke about meeting Bethany at the Coffee Mates morning & her campaign to adapt bicycles to accommodate wheelchairs and also about the decision of the Anglican Communion Primates to walk together. Archbishop Sentamu also shared his joy of seeing some of the new Dad’s Army filming locations in and around Bridlington and of his Pilgrimage reflecting the Church being out on the road.
To listen to this interview click here (original programme http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03fg5g0)
19th January 2016
Pilgrimage Prayers at Christ Church Bridlington. Leave around 9.30am to walk along sea front to Bridlington Spa. Walk on to West Street calling at Kingfisher Trust Cafe around 11.30am. 1.30pm Pilgrimage Prayers at Emmanuel Church. Leave around 2.00pm to walk to Bridlington Harbour.Postcard
This is the first day of the Archbishop's Pilgrimage in the Archdeaconry of the East Riding. We had Celtic saints weather but the rain kept off. It is great to see the written prayers becoming living prayers as we come together, walk, meet strangers who become friends.
There has been such a generous welcome (especially the donuts at Kingfisher Café) and great food and friendship. All the Rural Deans turned up at lunch time to be with the Archbishop.
People with sore hearts have joined the pilgrimage today. And others have found that joy has broken out. It is wonderful to share that rhythm of prayer and the surprise encounters on the way.
20th January 2016
Bridlington Hospital. Bridlington School. Leave around 11.45am to walk to St Mark, West Hill. 1.45pm Pilgrimage Prayers at St Mark's West Hill. Leave around 2.00pm to walk to The Hinge Centre - all welcome. 4.00pm Pilgrimage Prayers at The Hinge Centre.Postcode
The Archbishop visited the Hinge Centre Bridlington today and heard all about the sessions we provide to support residents and young people, adults with learning disabilities, those facing homelessness or financial difficulties and those needing benefit and welfare support or help around employability.
It was fantastic for him to also meet some of the children who attend the after school sessions and see the craft monsters they were making. The children enjoy trying new things: craft and baking are very popular clubs here at the centre. Thankfully we also provide sports and games sessions to allow them to burn off some of their energy!
The Hinge Centre team, trustees and service users wish the Archbishop well on his continued journey and we appreciate him taking the time to visit our centre.
Eve Laird, Centre Manager
21st January 2016
Flamborough Primary School. 9.30am walk around Flamborough and headlands to Living Seas Centre. 12noon Pilgrimage Prayers Flamborough Copperfields Cafe. Rudston. 3.30pm Tea and chat at All Saints Rudston. 4.00pm Pilgrimage Prayers at All Saints Rudston. 7.00pm Meet the Archbishop event Christ Church Bridlington.Postcard
We are the Flamborough Sword Dancing Team and today has been a very special day. Before school began we had lots of visitors- governors, the vicar, our sword dancing teachers and most importantly of all, the Archbishop of York.
Noah in Yr 6 showed the Archbishop his classroom and talked about living in Flamborough. Archbishop Sentamu then went on to look around the rest of the school and meet the staff, pupils and parents. Breakfast club showed him the types of activities they do before school, today there was Curling and Boccia.
Tony, our vicar came in to sing some of his favourite songs with us and then it was time for us to perform our Sword dance (the last time we did this in public was on Boxing Day) Our Headteacher Mrs Blackburn is very proud of us and wants to keep up this tradition.
Archbishop Sentamu was very impressed with us and enjoyed his visit to the school and we really enjoyed meeting him and learning the song he taught us. We hope to see him again some time.
Harry, Lauren, Curtis, Steph, Chris, Eliza, Billy, Ruby and Alfie.
22nd January 2016
9.00am Pilgrimage Prayers at Bridlington Priory. 'Coffeemates' at Bridlington Priory. Leave 'Bull & Son' around 1.30pm to walk to Christ Church Bridlington. Christ Church Pre-school.Postcard
Greetings from Bridlington - where the spirit of the Archbishop's pilgrimage hasn't been dampened despite some really wet weather. The Archbishop and Bishop Alison spent the morning at the Priory's Coffee Mates chatting, praying and anointing adults with learning difficulties and their carers. There were beams all round when the Archbishop anointed. People were coming out of the bijoux shops and galleries in Bridlington's Old Town to greet the Archbishop as he passed. He prayed at the Undertaker's and gave thanks for all the support they give to grieving families.
23rd January 2016
Meet Lifeboat Team. Leave Lifeboat Station around 10.00am to walk to Holy Trinity Church Bridlington. 11.00am Pilgrimage Prayers at Holy Trinity. Leave around 11.45am to walk from Holy Trinity via Promenade and Quay Road to Bridlington Rugby Club.Postcard
The Archbishop visited Bridlington Rugby Club to watch their top-of-the-table match against Bradford and Bingley. With both sides being based in his diocese, he said he could not pray for one side to win and instead he hoped the best side came out on top.
Before the game he enjoyed a meal in the clubhouse and offered to buy a sponsored brick which will be part of the club's new extension.
He watched the game from the stand and made a speech to the spectators at half time urging them to make more noise. Bradford and Bingley won the game 17-6 and the Archbishop said: “For the first 10 minutes, Bridlington were on top but they couldn’t get a try and they struggled to get near the line after that. It was a very good match but the best team won, although I liked Bridlington’s style.”
24th January 2016
10.00am United Benefice Service at All Saints, Wold Newton. 12noon Family Worship at St Mark's West Hill.Postcard
This morning saw the Archbishop arrive at All Saints’ Church, Wold Newton, to lead the congregation of over 100 people in our combined Benefice service of Holy Communion. He was assisted by Benefice Priest-in-Charge Revd. Glyn Owen. The Church’s Singers were in good form starting with an introit of ‘Look at the World’, the congregation in good voice, and left reflecting on the part they are playing in the life of the Church following the Archbishop’s address. We were all urged to talk less about the weather to friends and neighbours, and instead more about the good news of Jesus Christ, recognising that we all have a ministry in the Church.
After the service the Archbishop had time to chat with parishioners whilst coffee was being served, and all too soon it was time for him to set out once more. In the picture, Rebecca and Tiffany of the Church’s All Stars group see the Archbishop off on the next leg of his journey to West Hill, Bridlington.
John Butler, for All Saints' Church