The Deanery of South Holderness is one of the most sparsely populated in the Diocese of York.
South Holderness sits between the North Sea and the Humber estuary, coming to a tip at the national nature reserve Spurn Point. As well as villages such as Roos and Paull, the Deanery contains the small towns of Hedon and Withernsea. Find out more about the churches in South Holderness Deanery here.
On BBC Radio Humberside on Palm Sunday (20 March 2016), the Archbishop talked about the St Patrick's Day Celebrations, Sports Relief and the fantastic cake making at Roos Primary School. Earlier in the programme, John Craven described how he joined the Archbishop on his Pilgrimage in Hull for BBC Songs of Praise. The local vicar at St Matthew's Owthorne shared in the joy of the Palm Sunday procession, with the Archbishop, fellow Pilgrims and a Donkey for the open air worship at Valley Gardens at Withernsea.
The Archbishop visited Withernsea High School on Friday 18 March. Click here to see a video of his time there.
15th March 2016
9.00am Pilgrimage Prayers at All Saints Burstwick. Leave around 9.45am to walk to the Hare and Hounds, calling in at Burstwick Primary School. 11.00am call in at Burton Pidsea School for coffee morning. Leave around 11.30am to walk around the village. 12.45pm visit Eastfield Farm Care Home, Halsham. 2.00pm PIlgrimage Prayers at St Mary's Thorngumbald. Leave around 2.30pm to walk around the village. 3.00pm call in at Thorngumbald School.Postcard
Woken by seagulls in Withernsea, the Archbishop led prayers in Burstwick Church, visited the school and joined the coffee morning in the Hare and Hounds Pub. He then went to Burton Pidsea school who hosted a community coffee morning. Lunch was provided by Eastfield nursing home Halsham, before the Archbishop led prayers at Thorngumbald Church and took assembly at Thorngumbald Primary school. After a visit to Ryhill Nursing home and a pause for a meal the Archbishop led the Deanery Lent Group in Otringham on the theme of Pilgrimage.
The Revd Susan Walker
16th March 2016
9.00am Pilgrimage Prayers at St Andrew and St Mary, Paull. Leave around 9.30am to walk to Hedon. At around 11.15am walk around the market and call in at Alexandra Hall coffee morning. 12.30pm join Churches Together for lunch at the Church Rooms, Hedon. 1.45pm visit Sproatley Primary School. Around 3.20pm visit Sandhill Nursery and Garden Centre. 4.30pm Pilgrimage Prayers at All Saints, Preston.
17th March 2016
9.00am visit Patrington CE Primary Academy. Leave around 9.40am to walk to St Patrick's Church for school RE Day. 1.15pm visit Easington Primary School. 3.15pm Pilgrimage Prayers at All Saints, Easington. 7.30pm St Patrick’s Day Celebrations at St Patrick’s, Patrington.Postcard
At Patrington CE Primary Academy we had the most uplifting and inspiring morning when Archbishop Sentamu visited our school today. After hearing about one of his favourite Bible stories he led the walk to church where he answered children’s questions. The children enjoyed lunch with him where he continued to share funny stories and talk about his favourite football team.
The Archbishop of York then went on to visit Easington CE Primary Academy. He arrived on the bus with year 5 and 6 pupils returning from lessons at Patrington Academy and was quickly talking with pupils and answering their questions in class. They said how amazed they had been by the depth of his answers and his humour.
We felt honoured that such a special person visited us. We hope to see him again and wish him well on his journey. . . a day to remember for us all.
Mrs Sal Smith, Executive Headteacher
18th March 2016
9.00am Pilgrimage Prayers at St Margaret, Hilston. Leave around 9.30am to walk to Roos Primary School. Around 11.05am walk from Waxholme Road into Withernsea. 12noon Shores Centre Community cafe for lunch. Leave around 12.50pm to walk to Withernsea High School for a visit. Then visit Withernsea Primary School. Leave around 3.00pm to walk to Crossroads Garden Centre and Nursery, Hollym. 4.30pm Pilgrimage Prayers at St Nicholas', Hollym.Postcard
A very busy day for the Archbishop beginning with morning prayers at Hilston, one of the smallest parishes in Yorkshire, one church and 12 houses, followed by a stroll to Roos Primary School. Later on the Archbishop headed to Withernsea, met some of the business people in the town centre before a welcome stop for soup at the South Holderness Resource Centre (Shores).
Following interviews with the Holderness Gazette, Seaside Radio and Humberside Radio the Archbishop met the schoolchildren at both Withernsea High School and also the Primary School. After a drink at Hollym Crossroads Garden Centre the day ended with prayers at Hollym Church.
Revd Martin Faulkner
19th March 2016
9.30am Pilgrimage Prayers at St Nicholas, Keyingham. Meet at Paull church around 2.00pm for Deanery ramble of 3 miles finishing with tea at Paull church around 3.00pm. 4.00pm Pilgrimage Prayers at Paull church.Postcard
After another seagull disturbed night, the Archbishop led prayers in St Nicholas Church, Keyingham. A short walk to the church rooms, where we were tempted by sumptuous cakes, was followed by a discussion with RPAs and worship leaders from the Deanery. The message was that the future for our kind of Deanery lies in the participation at all levels of local people in ministry, with local access to training. We were encouraged to be bold, and listen to what God is calling us to do. The Archbishop then departed for Welwick.
I encountered him again after lunch as he led a pilgrimage walk starting and finishing at Paull church, where yet more tempting cakes awaited us, followed by prayers, when we were joined by the Right Reverend Alison, Bishop of Hull.
20th March 2016
8.30am Eucharist at St Matthew's, Owthorne. 9.45am congregate in Tesco car park and other car parks through town to join in walk through Withernsea with a donkey. 11.00am Open Air Worship in the Valley Gardens.