Harthill Deanery lies at the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds, around the market town of Driffield. The villages of Wetwang, Fridaythorpe and Fimber are some of the highest villages in the Diocese, standing over 500 feet above sea level. Find out more about the churches in Harthill Deanery here.
Archbishop Sentamu’s 6-month Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing continues in the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds, where he met people in and around the market town of Driffield from 2- 7 February 2016. The Archbishop is interviewed about his Pilgrimage at Garton Church of England Primary School
The Archbishop spoke to Judi Murden (BBC Radio Humberside) about the importance of churches, schools and local businesses in rural communities at a Coffee Praise event at St Andrew’s Church in Middleton on the Wolds whilst on his Pilgrimage of Prayer Witness & Blessing. Listen here to the Archbishop’s interview (original programme http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03gq4kv)
2nd February 2016
9.00am Pilgrimage Prayers at St Peter’s, Langtoft. At 11.45am visit B & F Potatoes and Bannisters Farm Shop, Butterwick. At 2.00pm visit Kings Mill Special School. Joining 2nd Driffield Scouts Group in the evening.Postcard
This evening the Archbishop visited 2nd Driffield Scouts, who meet in their building next to All Saints’ Church. They were joined by Nafferton Scouts so there were over 40 young people in total. They were divided into small groups, with the Archbishop and his Chaplain joining one of them, and spent an hour doing a Treasure Hunt round Driffield, answering 28 questions as they went.
The young people enjoyed his company and were able to talk with him about Scouting, as he is a former scout. The evening finished with the investiture of a new Assistant Scout Leader (Jamie Oxtoby).
3rd February 2016
8.50am meet with parents at Driffield CofE School. Leave around 9.15am to walk to All Saints, Driffield for Pilgrimage Prayers and Eucharist at 9.30am. Visit Burton Agnes CofE School at 11.30am. 1.45pm Pilgrimage Prayers at St Martin's Church, Burton Agnes. 2.30pm Walk around Burton Agnes village.
5th February 2016
9.30am Pilgrimage Prayers at St Andrew’s, Middleton on the Wolds. Followed by 10.30am informal worship and refreshments. Leave around 12.10pm to walk to the Robin Hood Inn, Middleton on the Wolds. Visit Garton-on-the-Wolds CofE Primary School. School Awards in Garton Church. 3.30pm tea and Pilgrimage Prayers at the school. Leave around 4.00pm to walk to R K Atkinson Ltd.Postcard
Garton on the Wolds CE Primary School were honoured that the Archbishop of York visited our rural school during his busy schedule. The children were looking forward to meeting him and his presence exceeded their expectations. Every classroom he entered he immediately interacted with the children who were involved in activities; such as painting, sculpture and music. His friendly manner endeared the children towards him. The pupils were thrilled that he picked up a djembe and joined in their drumming performance. We were delighted that the Archbishop attended our Celebration Assembly and felt privileged to join him in closing prayers.
along with all of the staff and children of Garton on the Wolds CE Primary School!
6th February 2016
9.30am Pilgrimage Prayers at All Saints, Driffield. Leave around 10.30am to walk around Driffield town centre. Meet at 2.00pm at Thixendale Church to walk around the village then 3.00pm Pilgrimage Prayers at Thixendale Village Hall.Postcard
Following the Pilgrimage Prayers in All Saints Church, Driffield the Archbishop with his wife, Margaret and the Bishop of Hull went walkabout, which despite the name (Dry Field) was anything but dry! The Archbishop visited some of the local businesses on the high street including Rafters, the local fruit and vegetable shop. The photo shows the Archbishop with Andy Rafter, the owner. Margaret is missing from the photo as she was busy buying fruit. A couple of the local businesses said that the Archbishop’s visit had brightened up their day and brought a positive sense of community spirit and glad tidings.
7th February 2016
10.00am Eucharist at St Peter’s, Langtoft. 2.15pm Meet at Nafferton Church to walk around the village. Calling in at Wansford, Skerne, Hutton Cranswick. 6.00pm BCP Evening Prayer at St Mary’s Church, Watton.Postcard
On Sunday morning the Archbishop preached and presided at the Benefice Eucharist at St.Peter’s church, Langtoft. Following coffee and lunch with the congregation at Langtoft he moved on to Nafferton where his visit began by visiting All Saints’ church to see the works currently being carried out to reorder the west end of the building. On a blustery afternoon Archbishop Sentamu then joined by a group of church members on a walk around the village. He stopped at one of the village pubs and at the village shop to chat with staff and customers. From Nafferton the Archbishop moved on to Wansford where he visited St Mary’s church to pray. From Wansford he moved into the Hutton Cranswick benefice, praying at St Leonard’s, Skerne and St Peter’s, Hutton Cranswick.
After tea on a farm in the open country above Watton he moved to St Mary’s church in the village to preach and lead the prayers at a service of Evening Prayer attended by over sixty people.