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Rosedale Community News

Welcome to the Rosedale blog. This is where we share news and information about events in Rosedale and the wider community throughout the year. You’ll also find news about the village timetable, our micro enterprises, school events, clubs, and lively socials.

Archive for the ‘Church’ Category


Over seventy people attended a very interesting talk on Rosedale’s barn owls, held in St Mary and St Lawrence Church on Wednesday 6 March. The event was in aid of the Save Rosedale Church Appeal and raised the magnificent sum of £978 from donations and an auction of a print of owlets on an owl box.

The audience enjoying a fascinating talk on Rosedale’s owls.

Heartfelt thanks to the volunteers who set up and hosted this very successful evening.


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Our local curate, David Haddon-Reece, was ordained by Paul, Bishop of Whitby, at St Mary’s Church, Lastingham on Sunday 7 December at 3.00pm. The church was packed as the congregation drawn from all five churches in the benefice witnessed the joyous culmination of a long spiritual journey for David.

The Rev Christine Haddon-Reece, Bishop Paul and Rev David Haddon-Reece Photo by Linda Chambers

All in the benefice and particularly those in Rosedale wish David all the very best for his ministry with us.


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The Remembrance Sunday Service will take place by the War Memorial Cross in Rosedale Abbey churchyard on Sunday 122 November starting at 10.50am.

The Queen Elizabeth Memorial with poppies by Lorrie Westwood

All are most welcome to come along and honour the memories of all those who gave their lives in the service of their country.


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Save Rosedale Church needs you!

Have you any experience of filling out grant application forms or would you like to learn? Save Rosedale Church Committee needs a competent volunteer to complete a Heritage Lottery grant application.

All the documents needed for the application have already been written but we need a volunteer to tackle the complex application form. Filling it in will take quite a number of dedicated hours.

Save Rosedale Church as already raised over £50,000 for its roof appeal and has just been invited to apply to the Peter Sowerby Foundation for a £25,000 grant. A grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund could well mean our target of just over £100,000 will be reached.

Our small committee is made up of ordinary Rosedale residents who believe the loss of our historic church would be a terrible blow to the community. Our church is regularly used for Christenings, weddings and funerals as well as church services. Recent events at the church have included rock musician Ross McWhirter, The Dalesmen Singers and an Art and Craft Festival.

If you think you could help us for this one-off job, please contact Linda Blackburne on linda.blackburne@icloud.com or phone her on 01751 417833.

We look forward to hearing from you!


The ever popular Rosedale Calendar, covering the rich tapestry of life and landscape in the dale as taken by three local photographers and sold in aid of the Save Rosedale Abbey Church Appeal, is now available at £10 per copy from the Abbey Stores in Rosedale Abbey.

The calendars will also be on sale at the Coffee Mornings at the Coach House Inn on Saturday 5 August, 2 September, 7 October, 4 November and 2 December. They will also be on sale at Rosedale Show on 19 August and for those outside the dale who would like copies the cost will be £12.50 each including post and packing; please order by email at rosedalehistory@hotmail.co.uk

Buy now or even sooner to avoid disappointment!


On a day of dramatic weather, varying from sunshine to thunderous rain, Vikki Seller of Rosedale Abbey and Ross White of York celebrated their wedding with 120 family and friends in St Mary and St Lawrence Church, Rosedale Abbey. The Rev Christine Haddon-Reece officiated with Richard Haynes playing the organ.

Vickki and bridesmaids, with her dog Chester.
The Rev Christine Haddon-Reece with Vikki and her father, David Seller
Pam Seller, the mother of the bride
After the service, Ross and Vikki ‘untying’ the church gate according to local tradition.
Undampened spirits in spite of the rain
Cheers all round!
Ross and Vikki, with Clop and Chester.
On the way to the Coach House Inn at last!

The very best wishes for good fortune and happiness in the future to Vikki and Ross from all in the dale.